One of the suspected organizers of the attack on Russia’s St. Petersburg underground in Russia, which killed 14 people, admitted Tuesday that he was to blame, his lawyer said.

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One of the suspected organizers of the attack on Russia’s St. Petersburg underground in Russia, which killed 14 people, admitted Tuesday that he was to blame, his lawyer said.

“He acknowledged his complete responsibility,” lawyer Armén Zadoyán said of Abror Azimmov, detained Monday in the Moscow region. Azimov, 27, from Central Asia, is suspected of terrorism and illegal possession of explosive substances.

According to the Federal Security Service (FSB, which succeeded the KGB), Azimov prepared suicide bomber Akbarjon Djalilov, a 22-year-old Kyrgyz native who was reportedly killed in the attack. According to the FSB, at least eight other people were arrested in the wake of the bombing.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has admitted that measures to confront terrorism remain ineffective, acknowledging that the best proof of the lack of effectiveness is the attack on the subway in his hometown.

Russia has not suffered an attack of this magnitude in its territory since December 2013, when two suicides killed 34 people at a train station and a bus in Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad.

 

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