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Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Technology | By Tonya May

Suspected organizer detained in St. Petersburg metro attack

Suspected organizer detained in St. Petersburg metro attack

Russian security officials say the suspect, Abror Azimov, hails from central Asia and is being questioned on suspicion of helping to prepare the deadly attack.

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

However, there was no evidence that they were in any way linked to the suicide attack in St Petersburg.

"At the moment, Abror Azimov has been brought to the Russian Investigative Committee for investigative activities", the FSB said.

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Authorities identified the bomber as Akbarjon Djalilov, 22. The group includes another 8 people, all of them coming from Central Asia. Now, there are 38 people hospitalized, and majority with wounds from splinters of the bomb.

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

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.

Numerous previous attacks were aimed at progressing separatist causes in Russia's North Caucasus, including movements in Chechnya and Dagestan. The following day, in the same city, a suicide bombing on a trolley bus killed 14 people.

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