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St. Petersburg police have detained five young people suspected of committing ethnically motivated crimes
St. Petersburg police have detained five young people suspected of committing ethnically motivated crimes, including the murder of a Senegalese student in April. A police spokesman that “as a result of a joint operation carried out with colleagues from Moscow as part of the investigation of crimes related with extremism, persons suspected of committing these grave crimes have been detained”. All the detainees are 22 years old. Two are students, one is a security guard, one an odd-job man and one a jobless from St. Petersburg, Leningrad region. The police spokesman said that extremist literature was seized in searches of the suspects’ houses and swastika tattoos were found on their bodies. There are reasons to presume that the five acted in a similar way as the extremist groups that killed Azerbaijani Mamed Mamedov in 2002 and Vietnamese Vu An Tuan in 2004, he said. The university student from Senegal, Lampsar Samba, walked in the centre of the city, returning in a company of African students from Apollo club, where they celebrated the day of their faculty, in the morning of April 7. An unknown attacker opened fire at the six young Africans without any visible reasons. The bullet hit in the neck the 28-year-old Samba, a third-year student of the Bonch-Bruyevich University. He died on the spot. His fellows fled for life, escaping further attack. A pump rifle dropped not far from the crime scene had a swastika pictured on it. The criminal case that is being investigated by city police with assistance from the Russian Interior Ministry was opened on a murder committed for motives of ethnic and racial hate.
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