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8 detained in connection with St. Petersburg attack, bomb seized

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-04-07 09:14

MOSCOW - Six people in St. Petersburg and two others in Moscow were detained Thursday for suspected involvement in a deadly blast in the St. Petersburg metro Monday, the Russian Investigative Committee (RIC) said in a statement.

An explosive device similar to the one found at the Ploshchad Vosstania metro station in St. Petersburg, along with firearms and ammunition, was seized at the detainees' residences, said the statement.

The RIC offered names of the eight suspects but did not disclose their nationalities or whether they have links to terrorist groups.

A blast took place on Monday afternoon in a train carriage in the tunnel between metro stations Technological Institute and Sennaya Ploshchad in St. Petersburg, Russia's second largest city, killing 14 people and wounding dozens.

The RIC said Tuesday that 22-year-old Akbarzhon Dzhalilov carried out the deadly bomb attack, and he left an additional bomb at the Ploshchad Vosstania station, which was defused later by investigators.

Dzhalilov himself died in the blast and he was widely-reported as a Kyrgyz-native.

On Wednesday, six Central Asian nationals were detained in St. Petersburg on suspicion of facilitating terrorist activities and recruiting their compatriots for the Islamic State and other terrorist groups. Their connections with Dzhalilov are still under investigation.

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