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Russia 'will appeal to UN to investigate Syria attack'

Vladimir Putin holds a meeting with his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella. Credit: AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said they will appeal to the UN to investigate the Syrian chemical attack.

Mr Putin gave his comments after holding a meeting with his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella at the Kremlin on Tuesday morning.

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Russia holds eight suspects over St Petersburg bombing

A memorial to the victims of the bombing. Credit: AP

Eight suspects including a woman were arrested on Thursday in connection with the terrorist bombing on St Petersburg's metro, Russian officials have announced.

Earlier in the day police held three suspected accomplices to the attacker, who was named as Kyrgyzstan-born Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, 22. They also deactivated an explosive device in the apartment where they suspects lived.

The latest arrests come after six people were held on suspicion of recruiting the so-called Islamic State and the Al-Nusra Front following Monday's bombing, which killed 14 people.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.

St Petersburg bombing: Suspected accomplices arrested

Monday's explosion killed 14 people, including the bomber. Credit: AP

Suspected accomplices of the man believed to have carried out the St Petersburg metro bombing have been arrested, according to Russian news agency Interfax.

Links between those arrested and the bomber are still being investigated, the agency said, but added that "clues" had been found at the suspected accomplices' addresses.

Monday's explosion killed 14 people, including the bomber, and injured 55 others.

Kyrgyzstan-born Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, 22, has been identified as the man behind the attack.

Seven suspected IS recruiters have been arrested by authorities investigating the explosion, but officials found no immediate evidence of their involvement in the attack.

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