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St. Petersburg: Russia detains 6 terror suspects after metro blast

LiveMint logoLiveMint 05-04-2017 Llya Arkhipov

Moscow: Russian law-enforcement agents detained six migrant workers from several countries of central Asia on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities in St. Petersburg, the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement on its website.

These people, who weren’t identified, are suspected of recruiting others from mostly Muslim central Asia starting in 2015 to join terrorist organizations such as Islamic State and Al-Nusra to commit attacks and to fight along with militant groups in foreign countries, according to the statement.

Investigators say that they don’t have any information that would link these suspects with the suspected bomber who killed 14 people with a suicide bomb inside a subway car in St. Petersburg on Monday.

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The bombing was the worst terrorist attack in a major Russian city in years. The suspected bomber was identified as Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, 22, Russian authorities said on Tuesday. He was a Russian citizen born in Kyrgyzstan, according to a spokesman for the Kyrgyz government’s Committee for National Security.

The bomb detonated inside the train as it travelled between two major hub stations in the center of the city. The attack happened while President Vladimir Putin was on a visit to Russia’s second-largest city, which is also his native town. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was expected to sign a new order later Wednesday tightening security on subway systems around the country, Interfax reported. Bloomberg

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