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Published: Sun, December 31, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

St Petersburg supermarket blast suspect arrested

St Petersburg supermarket blast suspect arrested

Isis has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a St Petersburg supermarket that injured 13 Christmas shoppers, including a pregnant woman, with shrapnel.

Russian investigators on Saturday arrested a suspect linked to the Saint Petersburg bomb which tore through a supermarket, injuring 18 people, in an attack labelled by President Vladimir Putin as an "act of terror".

St Petersburg will host several World Cup matches, including a semi-final.

The news agency quoted a source close to the case as saying the suspect was 35-year-old Dmitry Lukyanenko, a resident of Saint Petersburg and member of the nationalist "New Age" movement.

The Islamic terrorists claim they were behind the blast that rocked the Perekrestok market in northwest St Petersburg on Wednesday (27 December). Eight people remain in hospital.

"The suspect is being questioned", a spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee, Svetlana Petrenko, said in a statement.

Russian Federation waged an air campaign in Syria since September 2015, helping President Bashar Assad's forces rout both the IS and the rebels opposing his regime and recapture wide swathes of land. Fourteen people were killed and dozens more were injured on April 3 when a suicide bomber detonated explosives in the city's metro system.

Also earlier this month, Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump to thank him for what the Kremlin described as a Central Intelligence Agency tip that prevented more bombings in St. Petersburg, Putin's hometown.

FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov has said Russian Federation remains on alert for a possible return of jihadists from Syria ahead of the World Cup and the March presidential polls.

"Now, when the IS defeat in Syria seriously dented its image, it will try to restore its authority and claim responsibility for the attacks by others", Adalbi Shakhgoshev said, according to Russian news wires.

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