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‘Mastermind behind St Petersburg bombing’ insists he did not organise it and did not know he was ‘taking part in a terrorist activity’

‘Mastermind behind St Petersburg bombing’ insists he did not organise it and did not know he was ‘taking part in a terrorist activity’

‘Mastermind behind St Petersburg bombing’ insists he did not organise it and did not know he was ‘taking part in a terrorist activity’
April 20
19:00 2017

‘Mastermind behind St Petersburg bombing’ insists he did not organise it and did not know he was ‘taking part in a terrorist activity’

 

Abror Azimov, 26, is accused of training St Petersburg bomber Akbarzhon Jalilov

His lawyer said he ‘fully confessed’, but in court today Azimov denied this

Azimov said he was involved in the plot ‘but not directly’ and added he was just ‘following orders’ when he confessed

14 people died when Jalilov detoned a suicide vest on St Petersburg’s subway

By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline

Published: 12:04 EDT, 18 April 2017

The man accused of masterminding the Saint Petersburg train bombing that killed 14 people has denied being responsible.

Abror Azimov, 26, who is believed to be from Kyrgyzstan, told a Russian court on Tuesday that he was involved in the attack, ‘but not directly’.

Azimov’s lawyer had earlier told reporters that his client ‘fully confessed’ to being behind the blast, which happened two weeks ago.

Abror Azimov, 26, has denied being the mind behind the St Petersburg terror attack, telling a Russian court that he was involved in the plot 'but not directly'

Azimov's own lawyer said on Monday that his client had 'fully confessed', but appearing in court he claimed 'I did not realise what I was doing'

Police say Azimov trained suicide bomber Akbarzhon Jalilov, 22, who killed 14 people on the St Petersburg subway when he detonated between stations

Ask to explain that confession, Azimov told the court: ‘I did not realise what I was doing. I was given orders, and I only followed them.’

Azimov also revealed he is a married father-of-one, the BBC reports.

Police say Azimov trained suicide bomber Akbarzhon Jalilov, 22, before he blew himself up on a subway train between two stations on April 3.

Like Azimov, Jalilov was from Kyrgyzstan, though took Russian citizenship around 2013 having moved to the country five years before.

Dramatic video released yesterday show Russian officers grabbing Azimov and wrestling him to the ground in Odintsovo, a city just outside Moscow.

Footage shows the officers finding what appears to be a pistol loaded with four bullets in the back of Azimov’s jeans.

He was also found to be carrying a new phone in a plastic carrier bag.

Officers say they tracked Azimov using contacts found on Jalilov’s phone.

Azimov was arrested on Monday after police say he activated a phone SIM card and accidentally revealed his location

Azimov bought two new mobile phones and Sim cards on Monday, but gave away his location when he activated one of the cards, newspaper Kommersant said.

Azimov is the ninth person to have been detained on suspicion of having colluded with the bomber.

According to Russian media, bomber Jalilov had made a telephone call to someone in Moscow before the attack but it’s not clear if this was Azimov.

The impoverished, predominantly Muslim countries in Central Asia are seen as fertile ground for Islamic extremists. Thousands of their citizens are believed to have joined the Islamic State group.

At least 14 people were murdered and 50 injured in the blast and horrifying pictures show bodies, blood and wreckage strewn across the carriage of the train blown up between Sennaya Ploshchad and Sadovaya metro stations in Russia’s second city.

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