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St. Petersburg explosion IG took responsibility

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IG took responsibility of St. Petersburg explosion on December 27, 2017.

The Islamic state jihadist group claimed responsibility for the explosion at the Perekrestok store in St. Petersburg on December 27, which affected 13 people.

The statement of the group banned in Russia and several other countries cites the agency Amaq, connected with extremists.

Jihadists did not back their statements.

Initially, the Investigative Committee of Russia qualified the explosion as an assassination attempt. The day after the explosion, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the incident a terrorist act.

“A terrorist act was committed in St. Petersburg, and more recently the Federal Security Service stopped another attempt at a terrorist attack,” Putin said at an awards ceremony for servicemen taking part in hostilities in Syria.

On Wednesday, December 27, an explosion exploded in the Perekrestok store on Kondratievsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg. 13 people were injured, eight of them were hospitalized. The perpetrator allegedly left an explosive device in the storage room.

As the St. Petersburg publication Fontanka reported, half an hour before the explosion, a “tightly built brunette of non-Slavic appearance” entered the supermarket. He put the backpack in the storage room, quickly walked through the trading floor, and then left the store.

The publication published footage shot by a video surveillance camera.

The day before the investigative authorities opened a criminal investigation into the attempted murder of two or more persons, although the Investigative Committee of Russia claimed that other versions of the incident were being considered.

“The investigation into the explosion in St. Petersburg is in an active stage, all versions of what happened, including the terrorist attack, are being worked out,” Svetlana Petrenko, the spokesperson for the SEC, said on Thursday.

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov in turn said that Putin made his conclusion on the basis of reports by the secret services. “As these details are revealed, these details are analyzed and reported to the head of state.” Based on these reports, the head of state makes his conclusion, “he explained.

“The fact is that the elements were used in the same place, respectively, it is in any case, anyway, a terrorist act,” Peskov said.

According to him, the Kremlin does not consider another qualification of the blast by investigators in the Kremlin as a defect.

On December 15, the FSB of Russia announced the detention of a group that planned explosions in St. Petersburg, including the Kazan Cathedral. In total, seven people were detained. According to the FSB, they are all supporters of the “Islamic State” terrorist group banned in Russia.

In a video broadcast by special services, one of the detainees – 18-year-old Yevgeny Yefimov – admitted that he was going to make an explosive device to blow up the Kazan Cathedral.

December 17 in the Kremlin reported that information about the preparation of the terrorist attack in St. Petersburg provided the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States. Putin held a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump and thanked him.

April 3 in St. Petersburg there was a terrorist attack that killed 16 people. On the runway between the stations “Sennaya Ploshchad” and “Technological Institute”, an explosion occurred, and soon after that another explosive device was discovered and rendered harmless at the station “Ploshchad Vosstaniya”.

According to investigators, Akbarzhon Jalilov, a Russian citizen born in Kyrgyzstan in 1995, was the perpetrator of the terrorist act. In total, the investigation detained 11 people.

Responsibility for the incident was assumed by the Islamist group “Imam Shamil Battalion”, which stated its connection with the structures of Al-Qaeda (the organisation is recognised in Russia as extremist and banned) and threatened with new attacks.

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