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Russia says six 'terrorist' recruiters detained in St Petersburg

The Russian national flag flies at half-mast on top of the State Hermitage museum in central Saint Petersburg on April 4, 2017 as a mark of respect for the victims of the April 3 blast in the Saint Petersburg metro. Photograph: (AFP)

AFP Moscow, Russia Apr 05, 2017, 09.27 AM (IST)

Russia's Investigative Committee said Wednesday it had detained six "terrorist" recruiters from Central Asia in Saint Petersburg, but insisted there was no proof yet of a link between them and the suspected metro bomber in the city.

The authorities said that those detained had been recruiting people to join groups including the Islamic State "to carry out terrorist crimes" and join "illegal armed groups" abroad.

Yesterday Russian authorties released the name of the suspected attacker, Akbarjon Djalilov, and claimed he planted a second bomb found at a different station which authorities defused before it could explode. The bomb that exploded on Monday on the St Petersburg metro killed 14 people and injured dozens more. 

(WION with inputs from AFP)

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