Russian suicide bomb kills one and injures three in FSB offices
Russia Russian suicide bomb kills one and injures three in FSB offices
Teenager reportedly detonates device after entering HQ in north-west city of Arkhangelsk
A suicide bombing in the offices of Russiaâs Federal Security Service in Arkhangelsk in northern Russia has left three injured.
Investigators said a 17-year-old local male had been carrying the bomb in a bag and detonated it on Wednesday shortly after entering the FSBâs offices in th e city, which is just south of the Arctic circle.
A CCTV still published by Russian media showed the suspect in a heavy coat reaching with his right arm into a black backpack shortly before the blast. No motive was given for the attack, but Russiaâs Investigative Committee opened a terrorist investigation.
The FSB is Russiaâs main security agency and manages the countryâs border guard service, counterterrorism and counter-intelligence activities. It is viewed as the main successor to the Soviet-era KGB and inherited the Lubyanka headquarters in Moscow. However, there are significant differences between the agencies.
While attacks on Russian law enforcement are not unheard of, they have mostly taken place in the North Caucasus region, where the country is battling a diminished Islamist insurgency and previously fought two wars in Chechnya. Islamic State claimed responsibility for a series of coordinated attacks in Chechnya this August that included children as young as 11. They were recruited over social media.
The motive for Wednesdayâs attack is unclear. Some Russian media pointed to a post on the Telegram messaging service shortly before the blast. In it, a user who identified himself as an anarchist, said he would carry out an attack in Arkhangelsk because the FSB âfakes cases and tortures peopleâ.
The FSB was accused of brutally interrogating members of leftist political groups before elections and Russiaâs World Cup. But any ties between that user and the bomber have not been confirmed.
Russiaâs Investigative Committee has said it is still investigating the motive for the attack. A spokesman told the Interfax news service that the agencyâs head âhas ordered that the motive of the crime committed by the teenager and its causes and circumstances be established swiftly, and that his social circle, family situation, and relations be identified and analysedâ.Top ics
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