Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Arrested in Wake of St. Petersburg Bombing

Arrested in Wake of St. Petersburg Bombing

"Last night, a group of radical Islamists. carried out a brazen attack on employees of the traffic police", Alexander Zhilkin said in a statement.

A police officer with her police dog secures an area at Tekhnologichesky Institute subway station in St. Petersburg, Russia on Tuesday. The meeting came two days after a bomb blast on a subway in Russia's second-largest city killed 14 people.

"While I entrust all those who are tragically deceased to the mercy of God, I express my spiritual closeness to their loved ones and to all those who are suffering because of this dramatic event" he said.

The Investigative Committee also said Wednesday that six people had been arrested in St. Petersburg on suspicion of "aiding terrorist activities".

On Wednesday, Russian president Vladimir Putin explained that the attack on St. Petersburg could be the tip of the iceberg in the post-Soviet sphere.

Officials said Dzhalilov was a member of the Uzbek minority from the city of Osh, which has been the scene of bloody ethnic conflicts and the growth of Islamist militant movements since the Soviet Union began disintegrating three decades ago.

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Russia's Federal Security Agency says its experts defused a self-made explosive device at the apartment where the suspects lived. A high-speed train between Moscow and St. Petersburg was bombed in November, 2009, killing 26 and wounding over 100.

IS, which has fighters from former Soviet Central Asia among its ranks, has repeatedly threatened to attack Russian Federation in revenge for Moscow's backing of Syrian leader Bashar al Assad.

The Interfax news agency, citing a law enforcement source, said the men were from Central Asia, where the impoverished, predominantly Muslim states have become a breeding ground for jihadism.

Russian investigators said Thursday they had searched a flat of acquaintances of the suspected Saint Petersburg metro bomber, as they probe the attack that left 13 people dead. The Central Asian men were accused of recruiting other men from the region to join the Islamic state and other terror groups. The intelligence agency said it is cooperating with Russian authorities to help the investigation.

But then later in the day, Russia's investigative committee said that its investigators had concluded that they had found forensic evidence of genetic traces of Akbarjon Djalilov on a bag that contained an explosive device that was found disarmed at a separate subway station not very far from the site of yesterday's explosion.

After the attack, several politicians have called for restoring capital punishment in Russian Federation.

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