Alleged organizer of St. Petersburg metro terror attack detained by Moscow court
MOSCOW, April 18 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – The Basmanny District Court of Moscow has detained alleged organizer of a terror attack in St. Petersburg metro, Abror Azimov, until June 3, RAPSI learnt from the court’s press-service on Tuesday.
Azimov is suspected of terrorism and unlawful acquisition, possession, transfer and bearing of explosives.
During the hearings, an investigator in the case claimed that Azimov’s involvement in the crime had been proven in full, in part by suspect’s own testimony, RIA Novosti has reported. Azimov himself was surprised to hear this: although he did not object being put under arrest, he said that he never claimed that he was involved in explosion and that he did not know that he was participating in a terror attack.
Azimov was arrested in the Moscow Region on Monday. According to the Federal Security Service (FSB), he trained alleged suicide bomber Akbarzhon Dzhalilov. Later, the Investigative Committee confirmed that Dzhalilov called Azimov and other alleged organizers of the attack.
Earlier, the Investigative Committee’s press-service announced that several suspects had been arrested in relation to the blast in St. Petersburg metro: Seyfull Khakimov, Ibragibzhon Yermatov, Dilmurod Miudinov, Bakhram Yergashev, Azamzhon Makhmudov, Makhamadyusuf Mirzaalimov, Shokhista Karimova and Sodik Ortikov. Six people were arrested in St. Petersburg; two others were arrested in Moscow.
According to investigators, an explosive device identical to one found at St. Petersburg’s Ploshad Vosstaniya metro station as well as handguns and ammunition were found at suspects’ places of residence.
All arrested suspects were put in detention on April 7.
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, 15 people died in the blast, over 50 were wounded.