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Tenth St Petersburg attack suspect detained
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Tenth St Petersburg attack suspect detained

20/04/17Government

A tenth person suspected of involvement in an attack on the St Petersburg metro earlier this month has been detained, Russian security officials say.

Akram Azimov is said to be the older brother of Abror Azimov, the suspected planner who was arrested on 17 April.

Akram is believed to have transferred funds used for the attack and set up links with international terrorist organisations.

The bombing killed 14 and injured more than 50 people.

Suicide bomber Akbarzhon Jalilov also died in the blast.

Both Azimov brothers are naturalised Russian citizens from Kyrgyzstan.

The Federal Security Service (FSB) said in a statement that Akram Azimov, born in 1988, was detained in a village outside Moscow on 19 April.

Video footage of the arrest released by the FSB appeared to show a grenade in his money belt.

The statement described him as the “older brother of the presumed organiser” Abror.

He denied reports by his lawyer that he had confessed to organising the attack.

The other eight people detained in connection with the attack – six in St Petersburg and two in Moscow – are also from Central Asia.