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Russia opens terror probe after teen suicide bomber attacks security services building

  • Officials say a male teenager carrying a bag walked into a local FSB headquarters and took out an unidentified item which exploded in his hands
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 31 October, 2018, 5:54pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 31 October, 2018, 6:53pm

Russia said it had launched a probe into terrorism after a 17-year-old blew himself up at a regional headquarters of the FSB security service on Wednesday, wounding three employees.

The bomber took an explosive device into the building in the northern city of Arkhangelsk and a blast occurred inside the entrance just before 9am local time, the National Anti-Terror Committee said.

Authorities have cordoned off streets around the building, with police and experts combing the area for clues.

Attacks on police and security services are common in Russia’s restive Northern Caucasus but are very rare in the rest of the country.

Investigators identified the bomber as a 17-year-old local.

“According to preliminary information, the person who came into the building took an unidentified item out of a bag which after a period of time exploded in his hands, as a result of which he sustained fatal injuries,” the committee said.

Investigators said they opened a probe into terrorism and illegal possession of ammunition.

Three FSB employees were taken to hospital with various injuries, the committee said in a statement.

“One man is in surgery,” a spokeswoman for the regional FSB said.

President Vladimir Putin – himself a former FSB officer – was informed about the explosion, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters but declined to speculate on the cause.

Regional governor Igor Orlov, who inspected the scene, said the explosion was not part of a drill gone wrong.

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“Things are very serious,” he said.

Orlov said authorities were working to establish the type of the explosive used.

“We are taking measures to increase security of all public and state buildings in Arkhangelsk region.”

The city is more than 1,000km (800 miles) north of Moscow.