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article imageThree suspects in Russia metro bombing charged with terror

By AFP     May 11, 2017 in World

Three suspects in last month's bombing in the Saint Petersburg metro have been charged in connection with a "terrorist act", Russian investigators said Thursday.

Bakhram Ergashev, Ibragimzhon Ermatov and Makhamadyusuf Mirzaalimov were charged with involvement in a "terrorist act" and with having illegally used explosives, Russia's Investigative Committee said.

Seven other suspects in the April 3 attack, which killed 15 people, will be charged in the near future, the committee added.

Another individual bearing the last name Ermatov was arrested Thursday for involvement in the "illicit trafficking of explosives linked to" the attack, the FSB security service said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies.

The Imam Shamil Battalion, a group suspected of links to Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the bombing, US monitor SITE Intelligence Group said last month.

In a statement by the group cited by SITE, it said the bombing served as a message to Russia and countries engaged in war with Muslims that the "price" of that war was "expensive".

The claim came weeks after the attack and after Russian investigators had said they were looking into possible ties with Islamic State jihadists, who had threatened to strike Russia in retaliation for its intervention in Syria.

Russian authorities have attributed the attack to 22-year-old Akbarjon Djalilov, thought to be a Russian national born in Kyrgyzstan, who died in the metro blast.

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