Putin called Trump to thank Central Intelligence Agency for tip on bomb threat

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Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned US President Donald Trump to thank him for information that allowed Russia to prevent a terrorist attack on its soil, Interfax news agency quotes the Kremlin as saying.

The information shared by the Central Intelligence Agency helped "track, find and detain a group of terrorists planning explosions in the Kazan Cathedral of Saint Petersburg, as well as other public places" in the home city of Putin.

The Kremlin said Sunday that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency provided Russian authorities with information that thwarted a series of Islamic State bombings planned in St. Petersburg.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed the call from Putin to Trump took place and said a readout would be provided to the press shortly.

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The conversation was the second between the Russian and USA presidents since Thursday, when Trump thanked Putin for his remarks "acknowledging America's strong economic performance", according to the White House.

"[Authorities] have seized a significant amount of explosives, components of improvised explosive devices, automatic weapons, ammunition and extremist literature". One segment showed FSB operatives outside a St. Petersburg apartment building detaining a suspect, who appeared later saying he was told to prepare homemade bombs rigged with shrapnel.

The reports included footage of a metal container, which the suspects used as a laboratory for making explosives, according to the FSB.

Russian Federation has suffered several attacks this year, including a bombing on the Saint Petersburg metro in April that left 14 people dead. Another video showed operatives breaking the doors and raiding an apartment used by other suspects. While Trump and Putin are believed to get along well, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and an intelligence committee set up by the House of Representatives continue to investigate allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign team and Kremlin officials in the run-up to last year's USA presidential election.

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