FSB names paymaster of St. Petersburg explosion

FSB names paymaster of St. Petersburg explosion

Law enforcement authorities managed to identify the paymaster of the terrorist attack in St. Petersburg metro, RIA Novosti reported citing FSB director Aleksandr Bortnikov.

"Established," he told journalists answering their question. However, according to TASS, what he said was actually "practically established".

The attack in St. Petersburg metro happened on the afternoon of April 3. The explosion was in the train car on the runway between stations Tekhnologichesky Institut and Sennaya Ploshchad. 14 passengers were killed and more than 100 injured in the attack. Later, experts neutralized another bomb at Ploshchad Vosstaniya station.

On the day after the attack, the Investigative Committee named the perpetrator: it was Akbarzhon Jalilov from Kyrgyzstan. Eight people were detained on April 6: Seyfulla Hakimov, Ibragibzhon Ermatov, Dilmurod Muidinov, Bahram Ergashev, Azamzhon Mahmudov, Mahamadyusuf Mirzaalimov, Shokhista Karimova and Sodik Ortikov. Six of them were detained in Petersburg and two in Moscow, investigators said.

Abror Azimov was detained in the Odintsovo district of the Moscow region on April 17 on suspicion of being the organizer of the act of terrorism. During the hearing in Basmanny Court on April 18, detective Andrei Zhigulin said that the 26-year-old native of Kyrgyzstan confirmed his involvement in the explosion. According to the FSB, Azimov "trained the suicide bomber".

RBC cited the National Antiterrorist Committee (NAC) reporting that the FSB and the ICR are checking whether Islamic State (extremist organization banned in Russia) is involved in the attack; the reports were further confirmed by an informed source. According to sources, the masterminds could have been inspired by propaganda from abroad: people like Islam Atabiev nicknamed Abu Jihad.

A NAC spokesperson explained that an attack itself is usually planned by a person outside Russia, while inferior group members handle the organization after teaming up through social networks to become a one-time gang. RBC sources also reported that some of the people arrested in the case confirmed at interrogations that they had studied propaganda materials on radical movements online.

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