FSB Head on anti-terrorist activity after St. Petersburg subway terror attack

FSB Head on anti-terrorist activity after St. Petersburg subway terror attack
Head of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov

Alexander Bortnikov stated the need to restore order in the migration sphere.⁠

Head of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov told about the investigation of the criminal case about the terrorist act in the St. Petersburg metro at a meeting of the National Antiterrorism Committee (NAC).

"In the course of investigative activities, eight members of conspiratorized terrorist cells were detained, six of whom were arrested in St. Petersburg, two - in Moscow," Bortnikov said. He noted that all the detainees are natives of Central Asia. During the detention, they seized a large number of weapons and ammunition. Now, the secret services are looking for the organizers of the terrorist act.

Bortnikov also stated the need to restore order in the migration sphere in Russia and introduce additional measures of the border regime to prevent attempts of terrorists' intrusion into the country.

"As the investigation of the terrorist act in the St. Petersburg subway indicated, the work is not yet fully in line with the severity of the threat emanating from international terrorist organizations," Bortnikov said.

The FSB Head told about the available data on the preparation of terrorist attacks in various regions of the world, including Russia, by the leaders of the terrorist organization Islamic State (a terrorist group banned in Russia).

He noted that there were prevented 16 terrorist attacks in nine cities in 2016. 46 cells of international terrorist organizations were also liquidated. Participants of the neutralized groups were citizens of the CIS.

To recall, on April 3 there was an explosion in the St. Petersburg subway. Victims of the terrorist attack were 13 people, more than 50 were injured. Alleged suicide bomber Akbarzhon Jalilov was a native of Kyrgyzstan, but a few years ago he received a Russian citizenship.

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