Alexander Bortnikov, chief of the FSB, the main successor to the KGB intelligence agency, said in comments carried by Russia news agencies on Tuesday that six members of terrorist cells have been detained in St. Petersburg and two in Moscow in connection with the attack.
Bortnikov said all of them are from former Soviet Central Asian republics and that the police found a large amount of weapons and ammunition at their homes.
Bortnikov admitted that intelligence agencies have failed in tackling a terrorist threat.
"The investigation in the St. Petersburg subway attack showed that the operative work did not fully meet the threat from terrorist organizations," Bortnikov was quoted as saying.
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