Ukraine: Security Forces detain ISIS leader and chairman of Ukreximbank

Picture: Security Service of Ukraine

As a result of joint special operation of the Security Service of Ukraine, one of the key leaders of the terrorist organization Islamic State was detained.  In addition, the leading manager of a state bank was arrested during the weekend.

The Georgian citizen, nicknamed as Al Bara Shyshani, held a post of Amir of the Jamaat “Ahadun Ahat” in the Latakia province of the Syrian Arab Republic from 2012. In 2013, he held one of the highest positions at ISIS, the deputy military Amir known as Abu Umar al-Shishani. In 2016, when the military Amir was killed, Al Bara Shishani went to Turkey, where he continued to coordinate the activities of the terrorist organization. In summer 2018. 

According to available information, while in Ukraine, the terrorist continued to coordinate the ISIS special centers, so-called the Amniyat. Law-enforcement officers detained the criminal near the private residence in Kyiv region where he lived. The facial recognition confirmed that the detainee is indeed the wanted ISIS leader. 

Additionally, Oleksandr Hrytsenko, chairman of Ukreximbank was arrested, due to charges of building up an organised crime group and money laundering. He has been appointed as chairman of the bank in 2014. The bank is fully state-owned and (according to total assets) ranked as 3rd largest commercial bank in Ukraine.