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11 jailed for 2017 suicide bombing in St. Petersburg metro that killed 15

Eleven people were jailed in Russia on Tuesday for plotting a suicide bombing on the St. Petersburg metro that left 15 people dead and scores injured during a visit by President Vladimir Putin to his home city in 2017.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin was visiting the city at the time of the bombing

People gather at a symbolic memorial at Technologicheskiy Institute subway station in St.Petersburg, Russia, on April 7, 2017. On Tuesday, 11 people were jailed in Russia for carrying out the attack. (Dmitri Lovetsky/The Associated Press)

Eleven people were jailed in Russia on Tuesday for plotting a suicide bombing on the St. Petersburg metro that left 15 people dead and scores injured during a visit by President Vladimir Putin to his home city in 2017.

One man, a Russian national from Kyrgyzstan, was given a life sentence after being found guilty of organizing the attack.

The other nine men and one woman, mostly citizens of central Asian ex-Soviet states, received sentences of between 19 and 28 years. All 11 had denied the allegations.

Before detonating himself, the suicide bomber also planted a second bomb in the metro that he planned to detonate remotely, but it malfunctioned and did not go off, the Investigative Committee, which handles major crimes, said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Investigative Committee described the men as radical Islamists acting as part of a group founded in Syria in 2013 by a native of Kyrgyzstan named Sirozhidin Mukhtarov.

Victims lie near a subway train hit by the explosion at the Tekhnologichesky Institut subway station on April 3, 2017. (DTP&ChP St. Petersburg/The Associated Press)

International warrants have been issued for Mukhtarov's arrest and for that of another group leader, Bobirzhon Makhbubov, the Investigative Committee said.

Russia has experienced bomb attacks carried out by Islamist rebels from Russia's North Caucasus region in the past, although Moscow has largely crushed that insurgency. 

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