Russian police arrest new suspect over St Petersburg subway attack

The suspect is believed to have trained the suicide bomber who blew up a subway car in central St Petersburg on April 3, leaving 14 people dead.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Russian police officers secure a residential area in St. Petersburg, Russia, April 6, 2017.

Russian law enforcement officials are questioning a new suspect over the bombing of a metro train in St Petersburg earlier this month, a source familiar with the investigation told Reuters on Monday.

Fourteen people were killed in the April 3 attack. The suspect is the ninth person to have been detained on suspicion of having colluded with the bomber, Akbarzhon Jalilov, since the attack. Jalilov was killed in the explosion.

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), cited by RIA news agency, identified the detained man as Abror Azimov, born in 1990, from ex-Soviet Central Asia. The FSB described him in a statement as one of the organisers of the attack, who had trained Jalilov, RIA reported.

Azimov was detained on Monday in the Moscow region, the agency reported.

Two suspects in the St Petersburg bombing have already been detained in the same Moscow suburb.

Earlier this month, six people from Central Asia were detained in St Petersburg on suspicion of recruiting for Daesh and aiding "terrorist activity."  

However, there was no evidence that they were in any way linked to the suicide attack in St Petersburg.

TRTWorld and agencies