Central Asian citizens detained in St. Petersburg for suspected terrorist activities

Toni Houston
April 6, 2017

Six people have been detained in St Petersburg on suspicion of recruiting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and aiding terrorist activity, Russian investigators said yesterday.

Officials have said the suicide attacker behind Monday's blast that killed 14 people in St. Petersburg was a native of the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan.

The arrests were carried out jointly with officers of regional FSB and Ministry of Internal Affairs directorates, as well as special National Guard subdivisions.

The six detained were suspected of recruiting "mostly immigrants from the republics of Central Asia to commit crimes of a terrorist nature and involvement in the activities of terrorist organizations banned in Russian Federation", the Investigative Committee statement said.

"Searches are being held at the suspects' living places, in the course of which investigators are seizing Islamist extremist literature, the items and documents important for investigating the criminal case", the Investigative Committee said.

"Russia's Investigative Committee will thoroughly check all the ties and the contacts of the persons detained but (right now) the investigation has no data on the detainees' link and acquaintance with the perpetrator of the St. Petersburg attack", it said.

Jalilov allegedly detonated an explosive on the city's metro between the central Sennaya Square and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin touched on the attack at a previously-scheduled meeting in Moscow with security service chiefs from ex-Soviet countries.

The photo taken on April 3, 2017 shows the blast site at a metro station in St. Petersburg, Russia.

"We see that, unfortunately, the situation is not improving".

Offering condolences to the victims of the St. Petersburg attack, Mirziyoev said "for all of us terror has no borders and no ethnicity".

It said surveillance cameras had captured the moment when he left his building carrying a bag and a knapsack.

After the attack, several Russian politicians have called for ending the moratorium on capital punishment.

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