Man Arrested in Supermarket Bombing That Injured 18

Russian security agency has provided no details on motive
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 30, 2017 10:49 AM CST
Russia Arrests Suspect in Supermarket Bombing
An investigator works inside the supermarket after an explosion, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. Russian President Vladimir Putin says Wednesday's explosion at a supermarket in the country's second-largest city was a terrorist attack, at least 13 people were injured.   (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

A man was arrested Saturday in connection with a St. Petersburg supermarket bombing that wounded 18 people, Russia's main domestic security agency said. Eight people remain hospitalized after a device exploded Wednesday in a storage area for customers' bags, the AP reports. Investigators said the homemade device contained 7 ounces of explosives and was rigged with shrapnel to cause more damage. The Federal Security Service, or FSB, did not identify the suspect or provide any details about his motive. The agency said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies that he organized and carried out the attack on his own.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the blast, but a member of the security committee in the lower house of Russia's parliament cast doubt on the claim, saying it might have been an attempt by IS to gain publicity. "Now, when the IS defeat in Syria seriously dented its image, it will try to restore its authority and claim responsibility for the attacks by others," Adalbi Shakhgoshev said, according to Russian news wires. The FSB said that it has handed over the suspect to the Investigative Committee, the nation's top investigative agency. The FSB normally deals with terror suspects itself, and the transfer could indicate that the man had other motives.

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