Suspects in abetting terrorism arrested in St. Petersburg
ST. PETERSBURG, April 5 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) – Six individuals have been arrested in St. Petersburg on suspicion of abetting terrorism, RAPSI learnt from the Investigative Committee on Wednesday.
According to investigators, from November 2015 till present, suspects were recruiting new members of Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organizations banned in Russia and other illegal militant groups for committing crimes of a terrorist nature.
Searches are being conducted at the suspects’ places of residence; law enforcement officers are seizing extremist literature, document and other items significant to the case, investigators said.
Russia’s Investigative Committee will verify thoroughly all contacts of the suspects. Currently, investigators do not have information on their acquaintance with alleged St. Petersburg metro bombing suspect, the statement reads.
On April 3, at around 2:40 PM Moscow time, an unknown device exploded in a train between St. Petersburg metro stations Technological Institute and Sennaya Ploshchad. According to the most recent information, 14 people died in the blast, over 50 were wounded. Investigators claim that the suicide bomber is the Kyrgyz Republic’s native Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, born in 1995.