"On April 5, 2017, as a result of investigative actions and measures, investigators detained six citizens from Central Asian republics who arrived in Russian Federation for work", Sputnik cited the committee as saying. Shavkat Mirziyoev, the newly-elected president of Uzbekistan who came to Russian Federation on a state visit, told Putin terrorist threats must be met with a swift response.
These people, who weren't identified, are suspected of recruiting others from mostly Muslim central Asia starting in 2015 to join terrorist organizations such as Islamic State and Al-Nusra to commit attacks and to fight along with militant groups in foreign countries, according to the statement.
Extremist Islamist literature was discovered during a search of the detainees' homes, officials said. The authorities had not yet decided whether to press charges against the detainees, the statement said, according to Radio Free Europe website. The identification of Kyrgyz-born Akbarzhon Jalilov as the bombing suspect stoked fears of police action targeting migrants from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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Parts of the bomber's body were found in the wreckage of the metro carriage after the attack, which occurred between Sennaya Square and Technology Institute stations, the Russian authorities said.
The committee said now there is no evidence that the six detainees have links with the perpetrator of the deadly blast, but it will check all their contacts and connections. Jalilov had lived in Russia for several years and was a Russian citizen. That device was defused.
Meanwhile, his parents - who have said they have not seen their son for quite some time - arrived in St. Petersburg on Wednesday for questioning.
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Dzhalilov is said to have originally come from the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan.
Offering condolences to the victims of the St. Petersburg attack, Mirziyoev said "for all of us terror has no borders and no ethnicity".
"Each of our nations is a potential target for terrorist attacks", he said.
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"Once again, we have to unite ourselves and take tough measures [on combatting terrorism]", he said.