Six arrested in St Petersburg on suspicion of terrorism links

Russian investigators said Thursday they had searched a flat of acquaintances of the suspected Saint Petersburg metro bomber, as they probe the attack that left 13 people dead.

The main suspect in the metro bombing, 22-year-old Akbarzhon Jalilov, of Kyrgyzstan, died in the attack.

Six Central Asian nationals were detained Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Russia, on suspicion of facilitating terrorist activities and recruiting their compatriots for terrorist groups, Russian authorities said.

Wednesday's statement from the Investigative Committee gave few details, but said those arrested came from Central Asian countries that once were part of the Soviet Union.

A bomb blast tore through a subway train deep under Russia's second-largest city St. Petersburg Monday, killing several people and wounding many more in a chaotic scene that left victims sprawled on a smoky platform.

"Time will be needed to find out how they found out to be there", he said.

"This terrorist act is a threat to all of us, all our nation", the Interfax news agency quoted him as saying.

A woman lights a candle at an entrance to Sennaya subway station after an explosion in St.Petersburg subway in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, April 3, 2017.

Konstantin Serov, head of the city's Nevsky district, told reporters investigators discovered the bomb Thursday morning during a raid on the building.

The statement did not disclose whether Dzhalilov had accomplices or connections to the Islamic State or other terrorist groups.

Erlan Abdyldaev, the Kyrgyz foreign minister, said the investigation would reveal if the suspect had any ties to radical Islamist movements.

Late Monday, the White House said Trump called Putin to express his condolences for the bombing and to offer the full support of the United States "in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice". Earlier on Thursday, mourning continued in St Petersburg as the jittery city laid to rest the 14 people killed in the attack.

On Monday, an explosion occurred in St. Petersburg in a subway train auto on the stretch between the Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut metro stations.

  • Leroy Wright