On Thursday morning, Russian police diffused another bomb during a St. Petersburg raid. This averted disaster arrives three days after a suicide bomber wreaked havoc inside a subway station, leaving 13 dead and 60 others wounded. Following this act of terror, police also found and defused another shrapnel-filled explosive.
According to the New York Times, Russian police found the explosive device when they raided an apartment in Tovarishchesky Prospekt in eastern St. Petersburg. Nearby residents were then evacuated to a nearby kindergarten center as police arrested three men and quickly worked to disarm the bomb.
According to Konstantin Serov, the city’s chief administrator, the men did not resist arrest. He also reassured the public that there was no longer a local threat to their safety. It is still unclear whether these suspects belong to any organization or whether they were connected to Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, the Kyrgyzstan native suspected in last week’s attack.
Russia’s Investigative Committee, which is leading the inquiry, has only revealed that they’ve traced several individuals from Central Asia back to Dzhalilov and did not confirm whether any of those who were arrested were previously traced. The committee only stated, “Valuable objects were discovered during searches in their apartments.”
(via New York Times)