Russian Investigators Suspect Terrorism Behind Arkhangelsk Explosion
Russia's Investigative Committee says it has launched a probe into suspected terrorism after an explosion at a Federal Security Service (FSB) office in northern Russia that killed one person.
In a statement, the committee said that the suspected bomber of the FSB office in the northwestern city of Arkhangelsk was a local teenager who died in the blast.
"According to preliminary data, a 17-year-old local resident, who brought a handmade explosive device to the building, was killed in the incident," the statement said, adding that three FSB officers were injured in the explosion.
The governor of the Arkhangelsk region, Igor Orlov, said that the authorities were boosting security measures at all public offices after the attack.
The Investigative Committee placed on its Twitter account a photo of the suspect tak en by security cameras.
A young man in the photo is seen holding a blue bag apparently inside the FSB building.
Media reports in Russia identified the man as Mikhail Zhlobitsky, a student at a polytechnic vocational school, who was sympathetic to anarchist ideas.
But that information has not been officially confirmed.
Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said that the case had been taken over by the committee's central office in Moscow.
According to Petrenko, investigators are now working on looking into friends and acquaintances of the suspect.
The National Counterterrorism Committee said earlier that people inside the building were evacuated after the explosion.