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Russian terror probe after spy agency suicide blast

Russia launched a terrorism probe yesterday after a 17-year-old student blew himself up at regional headquarters of the FSB security agency, wounding three employees.

Several minutes before the suicide blast in the northern city of Arkhangelsk, a post on an anarchist forum warned of an imminent explosion.

Investigators said they were checking whether the suspected bomber was a member of any banned organizations.

An explosive device detonated in the FSB building shortly before 9am, authorities said.

Investigators identified the bomber as a 17-year-old local resident.

An official, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity, named the suicide bomber as Mikhail Zhlobitsky, a student at a local technical college.

Investigators probing the attack released a photo of the suspect — a skinny young man with a backpack — inside the FSB building.

Authorities have cordoned off streets around the building, with police and experts combing the area for clues.

Attacks on police and security services are common in Russia’s restive Northern Caucasus, but are rare in the rest of the country.

President Vladimir Putin — himself a former FSB officer — was informed about the explosion, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, but declined to speculate on the motive.

Investigators said they have opened a probe into terrorism and illegal possession of ammunition.

Alexander Bastrykin, the head of the Investigative Committee probing the case, said the young man’s motives should be established “as soon as possible.”

Investigators searched Zhlobitsky’s apartment and questioned his relatives and friends.

Three FSB employees were hospitalized with injuries after the blast in Arkhangelsk, which is more than 1,000 kilometers north of Moscow.

Seven minutes before the blast, a post in an anarchist forum on Telegram, a messaging service, warned that the FSB building would be the target of a “terror attack.”

The writer of the post, who signed as Valeryan Panov, said he would claim responsibility.

“The reasons are quite clear to you,” said the post. “I have decided to do this because the FSB has gone fucking mad. It is inventing cases and torturing people.”


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