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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

3 Held in McDonald's Blast

ST. PETERSBURG -- Six ultranationalists have been detained on suspicion of bombing a McDonald's restaurant in St. Petersburg last month to honor an ultranationalist leader shot dead by police, officials said Thursday.

The suspects were detained early this week and have admitted to their participation in the bombing, which injured six people in a McDonald's in central St. Petersburg on Feb. 18, a city police official told Interfax.

They have not been charged, but the city court has sanctioned their arrest.

The suspects referred to their group as the Movement in Memory of Dmitry Borovikov, an investigator in the case said, Gazeta.ru reported. Borovikov co-led the violent youth group Mad Crowd, whose members have been charged with beating and killing several dark-skinned foreigners as well as an earlier attack on another McDonald's restaurant. Borovikov was killed in May by a police officer after he resisted arrest.

Police are trying to link the Movement in Memory of Dmitry Borovikov to several attacks, including the detonation of a bomb near the Vladimirskaya metro station where anti-ultranationalist activists gather to hand out food to the homeless. No one was injured in the February blast.

At least one homemade bomb and some extremist literature were discovered during police raids of the detainees' apartments, Fontanka.ru said.

Footage from a McDonald's surveillance camera assisted authorities in identifying the suspects, Fontanka.ru said.