Russia metro bombing suspect says he was unwitting accomplice

At a preliminary court hearing, Abror Azimov said he had participated in the preparation of the deadly attack but only indirectly.

FILE: Police officers guard the entrance to Sennaya Square metro station in Saint Petersburg on 3 April 2017 after a suicide bomber killed at least 11 people and injured dozens. Picture: AFP.

MOSCOW - The man Russian investigators say orchestrated a suicide bombing on the St Petersburg metro told a court on Tuesday he was an unwitting accomplice in the attack.

At a preliminary court hearing, the suspect, Abror Azimov, said he had participated in the preparation of the attack, in which 14 people were killed, but only indirectly.

“I did not realise that I was helping with this act,” he said, referring to the 3 April blast on the metro.

“I was being given instructions.”

Earlier, a state investigator told the court that Azimov had confessed to having prepared the attack, but the suspect said he had not confessed to that.