Elder brother of suspected organizer behind St. Petersburg Metro bombing detained
Russia’s security services have detained Akram Azimov, the elder brother of the suspected St. Petersburg Metro bombing organizer, saying he transferred money that helped fund the terrorist attack that killed 14 people.
Originally from Kyrgyzstan, Azimov, born in 1988, was arrested in Odintsovo, outside Moscow, according to the media communications office of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), RT reports.
“Akram Azimov abetted the transfer of funds, which were used to prepare the terrorist attack, and helped establish communication channels with emissaries of international terrorist organizations,” the agency said in its statement.
A separate statement from Russia’s Investigative Committee said that Azimov had an RGD-5 field grenade on him when he was captured, and that he is currently being interviewed “to establish his role in the crime, and any other circumstances relating to it.”
Azimov’s arrest brings the number of suspects held in connection with the April 3 attack to 10.