Petersburg metro bombing suspect detained by Russian authorities

Janie Parker
April 18, 2017

Russian law enforcement officials are questioning a new suspect over the bombing of a metro train in St Petersburg earlier this month, a source familiar with the investigation told Reuters on Monday.

He was carrying a pistol and a package containing two smartphones at the time of his arrest, reports said.

In December 2013, a suicide bombing at a train station in Volgograd killed at least 16 people, in an attack linked to a network in Dagestan.

The impoverished, predominantly Muslim countries in central Asia are seen as fertile ground for Islamic extremists and thousands of their citizens are believed to have joined the Islamic State group.

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Eight others had been arrested in connection with the attack not long after the incident took place, authorities said.

Russia's Investigative Committee said on April 4 that Akbarzhon Jalilov, a 22-year-old Kyrgyz national, was identified as the man behind the metro blast a day earlier.

Azimov, who was born in 1990, "carried out training of the suicide bomber terrorist Djalilov", the FSB said, calling him "one of the organisers".

The official told The Associated Press on Thursday that Dzhalilov had entered Turkey in November 2015 on a tourist visa and was deported to Russian Federation in December 2016 for violating Turkey's visa laws.

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