Suicide bomber targeting M-1 MMA event arrested by security forces in Ingushetia

M-1 Global

File this one under "close call."

It's not uncommon to hear the phrase "dropping bombs" at a mixed martial arts (MMA) event.

But it's not supposed to be taken literally.

Unfortunately, a deranged lunatic had more than just ground-and-pound on his mind when he planned a suicide bombing at the upcoming M-1 Challenge 49: "Battle in the Mountains 3" event, which is expected to take place on June 7, 2014, in Dzheirakh, Ingushetia.

That's according to a report from (via, helpfully translated by the folks at the Underground:

Ingushetia is a federal subject of Russia (a republic), located in the North Caucasus region, bordering Russia, Chechnya, Georgia, and North Ossetia. The population of 450,000 is largely Muslim. A radical Muslim insurgency has spread from Chechnya across the entire North Caucasus region; militant attacks have become a frequent occurrence in Ingushetia.

Former PRIDE FC "Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko is a frequent guest at the M-1 Challenge MMA events.

The suspect reportedly suffers from mental illness, according to the report, a common strategy used by terrorist groups in the region. In addition, the group was also targeting a June 4 bombing "in the most densely populated city of Nazran, Ingushetia."

The M-1 Challenge event will be headlined by Kenny Garner (USA) vs. Shamil Abdurahimov (Fighting Eagle).

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