FSB close to establishing instigator of St. Petersburg metro attack

A woman stands at a symbolic memorial at Technologicheskiy Institute subway station in St. Petersburg, April 5, 2017.

A woman stands at a symbolic memorial at Technologicheskiy Institute subway station in St. Petersburg, April 5, 2017.

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The blast in a metro car on April 3 killed 14 people

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has come close to establishing the instigator of the April 3 terrorist attack on the St. Petersburg metro, FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov told, TASS reports.

"We are close to establishing him," Bortnikov said when asked if the instigator had been established. The FSB director added that the investigation into the terrorist attack was underway.

The blast in a metro car between Tekhnologichesky Institut and Sennaya Ploshchad stations occurred on April 3. The attack killed 14 people as well as the suicide bomber, while as many as 102 people were injured. Another bomb was deactivated at Ploshchad Vosstaniya station.

The Russian Investigative Committee said that the blast had been carried out by Akbardzon Jalilov, 22, a native of Kyrgyzstan who had obtained Russian citizenship. On April 6, the Investigative Committee announced the detention of eight suspects, natives of Central Asian states, six of whom were detained in St. Petersburg and two were apprehended in Moscow. Later, another suspect named AbrorAzimov was detained, who had allegedly trained the suicide bomber. 

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