Au­thor­i­ties make new ar­rests in probe of sub­way bomb­ing

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

ST. PETERS­BURG | As part of a sweep­ing hunt for any ac­com­plices of the St. Peters­burg sui­cide bomber, in­ves­ti­ga­tors Wed­nes­day rounded up seven sus­pected Is­lamic State re­cruiters from the Cen­tral Asia re­gion of the former Soviet Union but found no im­me­di­ate ev­i­dence of their in­volve­ment in the sub­way at­tack.

The In­ves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee hasn’t caught any as­so­ci­ates of 22-year-old Ak­barzhon Dzhalilov, a na­tive of the Cen­tral Asian na­tion of Kyr­gyzs­tan. The com­mit­tee, Rus­sia’s top crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion agency, said it’s look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity that Dzhalilov, who car­ried out Mon­day’s deadly at­tack, could have been linked to the mil­i­tant group.

Meet­ing with the heads of se­cu­rity ser­vices from a re­gional al­liance that in­cludes most of Rus­sia’s Cen­tral Asian neigh­bors, Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin warned that ter­ror threats still loom over the re­gion.

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