St Petersburg bombing ‘plotter held’

RUSSIA: Explosion in Russian Metro Kills 11 People April 030:50

An explosion at a metro station in St Petersburg, Russia, has killed at least 11 people. The blast occurred on a train as it was travelling between two stations. Credit: Various via Storyful

A woman lays flowers at a symbolic memorial at Tekhnologichesky Institute subway station in St. Petersburg, Russia. Picture: AP.

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A SUSPECT accused of helping to prepare the St Petersburg metro bombing has been detained near Moscow, Russian security officials say.

Abror Azimov, who was born in 1990 and is from Central Asia, was held in Odintsovo district west of the capital.

People lay flowers at a place near the Tekhnologichesky Institut subway station in St. Petersburg, Russia. Picture: AP.

People lay flowers at a place near the Tekhnologichesky Institut subway station in St. Petersburg, Russia. Picture: AP.Source:AP

He is the ninth person to be detained in connection with the attack, which killed 14 and wounded more than 50 earlier this month.

It was carried out by Kyrgyz-born Russian Akbarzhon Jalilov, 22, Russia’s Federal Security service (FSB) said.

People lay flowers at a memorial stone for Leningrad (St. Petersburg) at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier during a rally honouring the victims of St. Petersburg's subway bombing. Picture: AP.

People lay flowers at a memorial stone for Leningrad (St. Petersburg) at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier during a rally honouring the victims of St. Petersburg’s subway bombing. Picture: AP.Source:AP

The impoverished, predominantly Muslim countries in Central Asia are seen as fertile ground for Islamic extremists. Thousands of their citizens are believed to have joined the Islamic State group.

The other eight people detained in connection with the attack — six in St Petersburg and two in Moscow — are also from Central Asia.

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