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Father of St.Petersburg subway blast suspects detained in Moscow — lawyer

December 15, 2017, 7:57 UTC+3 MOSCOW

On April 3, a bomb went off on a metro carriage in St. Petersburg, killing 14 people

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MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. Akhral Azimov, the father of St. Petersburg subway blast suspects Akram and Abror Azimov, was detained in Moscow early on Thursday, lawyer Dmitry Dinze told TASS.

"His lawyers tried to find out what’s going on by phone. We were told that he will be taken to court. However, his whereabouts remain unknown at the moment," he said.

On April 3, a bomb went off on a metro carriage when the train was moving from Tekhnologichesky Institut Station to Sennaya Ploshchad Station in St. Petersburg. The blast claimed the lives of 14 people, including the suicide bomber. Over 50 passengers were injured. The suicide bomber died in the attack. Minutes later, another bomb was safely defused at Ploshchad Vosstaniya Station. The Investigative Committee identified the suspect suicide bomber as Akbarzhon Jalilov, a native of Kyrgyzstan who later became a Russian citizen.

Kyrgyz-born Abror Azimov is suspected of masterminding the attack. Two days later, Moscow’s Basmanny court ordered to arrest his elder brother Akram Azimov. All suspects deny their guilt.

In total, 11 people have been arrested over the case. The deadline for pretrial investigation into the blast expires on January 3, 2018.

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