Russian investigators confirm Jalilov as man behind metro blast

St Petersburg's Sennaya Ploshchad metro station has reopened after being shut for several hours following an anonymous bomb warning, Russian agency RIA Novosti said on Tuesday (Apr 4).

"The investigation established the identity of the man who carried out an explosion in the metro train carriage in St. Petersburg". According to the National Counterterrorism Committee, the blast killed 14 people while more than 50 were injured.

Investigators are still reviewing security camera and other footage that might have caught anyone involved in the attack, says the Russian Investigative Committee.

"Law enforcement agencies and intelligence services are doing their best to establish the cause and give a full picture of what happened", Putin said at the start of his talks with Lukashenko.

"I was going down the escalator at Sennaya square at about half past 2, and at that moment I felt an explosion wave underneath".

It later emerged that the attacker was a suicide bomber who originally came from Kyrgyzstan.

Although police originally were seeking two people as possible suspects in the hours after the attack, Russian investigators said Tuesday that it was the work of a suicide bomber. It was not immediately clear if its statement related to the man named by Kyrgyz authorities.

The US intelligence community has accused Russia of attempting to influence the presidential elections to favor Trump, and FBI Director James Comey publicly revealed last month his agency was investigating the Trump campaign for potential collusion with the Russians to affect the race. "You begin to feel the thin line about life and death", he said.

A three-day mourning period for the victims has begun. Also, that year, 34 people died after twin bombings at Volgograd train station and on a bus in the city.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

In the past two decades, Russian trains and planes have been frequent targets of attack, usually blamed on Islamic militants.

An unidentified explosive device went off in an underground train under Russia's second-largest city while President Vladimir Putin was visiting.

  • Larry Hoffman