2 Nov 2018 19:17

Bomb elements found in apartment of teenager who communicated with Arkhangelsk FSB bomber - source

MOSCOW. Nov 2 (Interfax) - Law enforcement agencies have found an object looking like an improvised explosive device at the Moscow apartment of a teenager known to have maintained online communication with the bomber who blew himself up at the Federal Security Service (FSB) department in Arkhangelsk several days ago, an informed source told Interfax on Friday.

During a search as part of a criminal investigation into the blast in Arkhangelsk, detectives discovered elements of an improvised explosive device at an apartment in Moscow's Tushino neighborhood, the source said.

The student of a Moscow school living in this apartment with his family had communicated online with the student of an Arkhangelsk vocational school who set off a bomb at the FSB office in Arkhangelsk on Wednesday.

Interfax has yet to receive official comments on this information from law enforcement agencies.

It had been reported earlier that an explosion occurred at the entrance to the FSB office in Arkhangelsk on Wednesday. The National Antiterrorism Committee said a young man had entered the building and took an unidentified device out of his bag, which exploded in his hands some time later. The blast killed the visitor on the spot and injured three FSB officials.

The Investigative Committee said that a local 17-year-old had perpetrated the explosion.

An informed source said that the deceased teen was in his second year of study at a vocational school and was a member of an Internet community of "anarchists."

A criminal case has been opened on terrorism charges.