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Russia Reports Arrest of Suspected Subway Bomb Organizer

At least eight others have been arrested in connection with the bombing

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    Russia Reports Arrest of Suspected Subway Bomb Organizer
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    In this file photo, a woman pays her respects at a symbolic memorial at Tekhnologichesky Institute subway station in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. A bomb blast tore through a subway train deep under Russia's second-largest city St. Petersburg killing several people and wounding many more in a chaotic scene that left victims sprawled on a smoky platform.

    Russia's Federal Security Service says it has arrested a suspected organizer of the suicide bombing in the St. Petersburg subway that killed 14 passengers.

    The service, the FSB, said Monday the suspect was arrested in Odintsovo, a city just outside Moscow. It said the suspect was armed with a pistol and was of Central Asian origin, but did not elaborate.

    The bomber in the April 3 blast was from Kyrgyzstan. The impoverished, predominantly Muslim countries in Central Asia are seen as fertile ground for Islamic extremists. Thousands of their citizens are believed to have joined the Islamic State group.

    The FSB said the man arrested Monday was believed to have helped prepare the suicide bomber. At least eight others have been arrested in connection with the bombing.

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    (Published Monday, April 3, 2017)