Russia detains six suspected of being IS recruiters

Tabitha Dunn
April 6, 2017

Six people of central Asian origin have been detained on suspicion of recruiting for radical Islamist groups, Russian investigators said on Wednesday, but added there was no proof linking the detainees to the deadly metro bombing in St Petersburg.

The arrests were carried out jointly with officers of regional FSB and Ministry of Internal Affairs directorates, as well as special National Guard subdivisions.

Earlier Wednesday, the Investigative Committee said in a statement they searched the home of Dhzalilov in St. Petersburg.

"Russia's Investigative Committee will thoroughly check all the ties and the contacts of the persons detained but (right now) the investigation has no data on the detainees' link and acquaintance with the perpetrator of the St. Petersburg attack", it said.

There are hundreds of thousands of central Asian emigres living and working in Russian Federation.

Nikitin, who said that he did not have problems when traveling from St. Petersburg to Moscow, told Muslim news agency Islam News that he was also told he had lost his job as a truck driver.

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"As for Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, who, according to investigators, had detonated the bomb inside the train carriage, his identity was confirmed with DNA tests", Petrenko said.

Meeting with heads of security services from a regional alliance which includes most of Russia's Central Asian neighbours, President Putin warned that the threat of terror still looms over the region.

Parts of the bomber's body were found in the wreckage of the metro carriage after the attack, which occurred between Sennaya Square and Technology Institute stations, the Russian authorities said.

Mr Putin said: "We see that, unfortunately, the situation is not improving".

The bombing was the worst terrorist attack in a major Russian city in years.

"We do know that each of our countries, nearly every country, is a potential target of a terrorist attack", he said.

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