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Suspected assailant killed in blast at Russia's security service building

Iran Press TV

Wed Oct 31, 2018 09:11AM

A suspected assailant has been killed and three other people have been wounded in an explosion at the entrance to the local branch of Russia's main intelligence agency in northwestern Russia, officials say.

Igor Orlov, the governor of the northwestern Arkhangelsk Oblast, confirmed that the explosion had occurred at the entrance to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) building in the city of the same name on Wednesday.

"We are taking measures to increase security of all public and state buildings in Arkhangelsk region," Orlov said, adding that the FSB building had been evacuated and police had cordoned off the area.

Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) said later that a man brought an explosive device with him to the site and that he was the only fatality.

NAC said the motive was still unclear.

Earlier, it was reported that the individual killed – who was not an FSB employee – was standing right next to the building when the explosion occurred, according to Russian state news agency TASS.

Separately, a spokesman for Orlov, Artyom Botygin, told AFP that an "explosive device" had caused the blast. He said that the device went off just before 9 am (0600 GMT) in the building in the center of the city, which is more than 1,000 kilometers north of the capital, Moscow.

The governor convened an emergency meeting after inspecting the blast scene.

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