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Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Suspect detained after St. Petersburg supermarket blast

Suspect detained after St. Petersburg supermarket blast

Russian Emergency Ministry members gather outside a supermarket after an explosion in St Petersburg, Russia, December 27, 2017.

Russia's Investigative Committee said on Sunday it had indicted on terrorism charges a suspect who allegedly organized and carried out a bombing that injured 13 people in a St. Petersburg supermarket this week.

Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said on December 27 that the "homemade bomb" that ripped through a customer locker area at a Perekryostok supermarket exploded with the power equivalent to 200 grams of TNT.

Russian president Vladimir Putin puts flowers down outside Tekhnologicheskiy Institut metro station in St. Petersburg, Russia, last April after a blast that injured 13 in a supermarket.

Five people declined to be hospitalised, she added.

Putin's 2015 decision to begin a military intervention in Syria's conflict on the side of President Bashar al-Assad has made Russian Federation a priority target for extremist groups.

After Putin announced a partial troop withdrawal earlier this month, security services voiced fears of jihadists returning to Russian Federation from Syria after the Islamic State group (IS) lost most of its self-proclaimed caliphate straddling Syria and Iraq.

Head of the FSB security service, Alexander Bortnikov, said the nation was alert to the possibility of jihadist fighters returning from Syria ahead of the tournament.

Putin himself warned after Wednesday's bombing that armed criminals could be "liquidated on the spot".

The explosion which occurred has been linked to terrorism, took place on a passenger train moving into a tunnel in the center of the city.

Over the past 20 years, Russia fought two wars with separatists in Chechnya, leading militants from the North Caucasus to frequently target Russians through suicide bombings and other attacks.

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