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Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Russian police arrest new suspect over St Petersburg subway attack

Russian police arrest new suspect over St Petersburg subway attack

He was identified as Abror Azimov Akhralovich and was arrested just west of Moscow.

Russia's Federal Security Service said Monday that it has arrested a suspected organizer of the suicide bombing in the St. Petersburg subway that killed 14 passengers.

The suspect has been taken for questioning to the Investigative Committee, which probes serious crimes, the FSB said. It said the suspect was armed with a pistol and was of Central Asian origin, but did not elaborate. The FSB described him in a statement as one of the organisers of the attack, who had trained Jalilov, RIA reported.

During raids of the detainees' departments, police said they found guns, ammunition and an explosive device similar to that used on the metro.

Earlier this month, eight people were detained by authorities - six of them in St Petersburg and two in Moscow.

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 attack has posed tough security questions as Russian Federation gears up to host the opening game and final of the Confederations Cup football tournament in June, ahead of the World Cup in 2018.

The Kremlin has called the attack a "challenge to every Russian, including the head of state".

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