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Officials investigating the blast said that at least 500 grams of explosives were used in the home-made explosive device, the Express Tribune reported.
Among the dead was Sahafi owner Abdifatah Abdirashid, whose father was killed in a similar attack on the same hotel three years ago, according to Radio Dalsan.
Investigators said they were checking whether the suspected bomber was a member of any banned organisations and talk to his friends and relatives to find out the motives for the crime.
The man, who has not been identified, entered the local branch of the FSB intelligence agency in Arkhangelsk and removed the bomb from a bag, causing it to detonate.
Apart from Purohit and Sadhvi, the other accused are Major (Retd) Ramesh Upadhyay, Ajay Rahirkar, Sudhakar Dwivedi, Sudhakar Chaturvedi and Sameer Kulkarni.
Judge Vinod Padalkar, presiding over the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court that is handling the case, cautioned the accused against delaying the proceedings.
The official said that the bombing happened on a street in the market of Qarraya, a town in northern Ninevah province.
Russia's Investigative Committee, which probes major incidents, said it had "opened a criminal case into a terrorist attack" after an "unidentified explosive device" went off in a college canteen.
The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, which takes the number of candidates killed so far during the campaign season to at least 10.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on Jabar Qahraman, who was running for the southern province of Helmand, a stronghold for the militant group.
The man identified as Sharat Sethi, a washerman, was sitting at a nearby tea stall when the low-intensity blast took place on October 2 morning.
Soon after the explosion, ULFA-Independent military chief Baruah called up a local news channel and claimed responsibility for the blast.
At least nine election candidates have been killed in the lead-up to Afghanistan's long-delayed parliamentary elections on October 20.
The blast took place beside a footpath near the Sukreswar temple on the bank of the Brahmaputra at busy Pan Bazar area.
Sources in the CCB said that Saleem was arrested from a forest region in Kannur of Kerala on Wednesday.