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Saint Petersburg supermarket bomber arrested — reports

By AFP - Dec 30,2017 - Last updated at Dec 30,2017

Security forces are seen outside the supermarket in Kalinina Square after an explosion in St Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday (Anadolu Agency photo)

MOSCOW — The perpetrator of the bomb attack which tore through a Saint Petersburg supermarket wounding 18 people was arrested Saturday, a Russian news agency reported.

“The organiser and direct perpetrator who triggered an improvised explosive device on December 27 in a supermarket in Saint Petersburg was arrested during a special operation by the FSB”, the security services said, according to Interfax.

“The suspect is being questioned,” a spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee, Svetlana Petrenko, said in a separate statement.

The homemade bomb had been placed in a locker at the supermarket in northwestern Saint Petersburg, Russia’s second city and President Vladimir Putin’s home town.

A pregnant women was among those injured in the blast, claimed by the terror group Daesh.

Putin’s 2015 decision to begin a military intervention in Syria’s conflict on the side of President Bashar Assad has made Russia a priority target for the group.

The bombing came after the FSB security service said earlier this month it had prevented a terror attack on a key Orthodox cathedral in Saint Petersburg with the help of America’s CIA, which led Putin to thank US President Donald Trump.

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