Russian Federation metro explosion: One suspect in St. Petersburg subway blast identified

Oleg Alexeyev, 53, who trains sniffer dogs for the police, went to the Technological Institute station on Tuesday morning to lay flowers in memory of those who died nearby.

The National Anti-Terrorism Committee said it was looking for the "perpetrators and organisers of the terror attack".

Train driver Alexander Kaverin, who has been widely hailed for keeping a cool head and not stopping the train in the tunnel, potentially saving the lives of some of the injured, spoke with a gaggle of reporters today, describing the cacophony of sounds that followed the attack.

Earlier reports said 11 were killed and more than 40 people injured.

The likely suicide bomber was a Russian citizen born in the central Asian republic, said a spokesman for the Kyrgyz government's Committee For National Security, adding that his agency is working with Russian officials on the probe. The intelligence agency said it is cooperating with Russian authorities to help the investigation.

The Investigative Committee of Russian Federation told the Associated Press Tuesday that the remains of a man they found on the train belonged to a suicide bomber. The Interfax news agency said authorities believe the suspect was linked to radical Islamic groups and carried the explosive device onto the train in a backpack.

"Both President Trump and President Putin agreed that terrorism must be decisively and quickly defeated", the statement said.

The Moscow metro said it was taking unspecified additional security measures in case of an attack there. "Conclusions of DNA tests and CCTV footage give the investigators enough reason to presume that the man who committed the terrorist attack in the metro vehicle, was also the one who had left the bag with the bomb at the Ploshchad Vosstaniya station".

Rouhani said he "strongly condemns the heinous crime" in St. Petersburg and expressed deep sympathy with his Russian counterpart and the bereaved families of the victims.

A second unexploded bomb was discovered at the scene of the attack, which authorities believe may have been left by another member of the ring, though this information has been treated as preliminary by Kommersant.

Trump, speaking before having a lunch with visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in the White House, called the bombing a "terrible thing".

The attack was condemned by United States President Donald Trump who offered the support of U.S. government to the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I followed the instructions", Kaverin said.

Meanwhile, metro stations in St. Petersburg, which were closed after the attack, have began working in usual manner, TASS news agency reported. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, some commentators on state television sought to link the blast with the organizers of opposition rallies.

  • Zachary Reyes