Death toll from St. Petersburg metro blast rises to 14- Ria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, June 7, 2016.

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

People from Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian former Soviet republics are common sights in St. Petersburg, home to a large diaspora of migrants who flee poverty and unemployment in their home countries for jobs in Russian Federation. They have fled ethnic tension, poverty and unemployment for jobs in Russian Federation.

The source says that in 2015 Jalilov worked as a cook in a St. Petersburg sushi bar before disappearing.

Putin, who was born in Saint Petersburg, had on Monday added his own floral tribute to the dead.

"He was a non-conflict person".

"Bodies. It was terrible", she said.

A row has erupted over Berlin's decision not to illuminate the Brandenburg Gate in the colors of the Russian flag following the deadly subway bombing in St. Petersburg. Investigators are looking into whether he met possible accomplices in Moscow, according to Russian media reports. He wore a backpack believed to hold the bomb that was loaded with metal balls and screws for maximum damage.

"The explosive device could have been detonated by a man whose fragmented remains were found in the third vehicle of the train" that was struck on April 3, the committee said in a statement.

However, the two main suspects appear to be Chechen separatists, and ISIS, the Iraq and Syria-based group which famously claimed to bomb a Russian MetroJet flight over the Sinai desert in Egypt.

Russian Federation has been on alert against attacks in reprisal for its military intervention in Syria, where Moscow's forces have been supporting troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad against Western-backed armed groups as well as the hard line Islamic State (IS) which grew out of the conflict. Russian Federation has waged a vicious series of airstrikes against ISIS in Syria.

Within two hours of the blast, authorities had found and deactivated another bomb at another busy station, Vosstaniya Square, the anti-terror agency said.

They said Djalilov flew back to Russian Federation on March 3 after a visit to the country.

"Both metro staff and passengers helped out one another", he said. Three others died shortly after.

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.

"At that moment there was no question of fear". Russia's top diplomat thanked the Bishkek government for their solidarity and said that the attack "once again shows the importance of stepping up joint efforts to combat this evil".

Khasiyev rushed across St. Petersburg to find his father covered in blood and soot.

The entire St Petersburg subway system was shut down and evacuated, but partial service resumed after about six hours.

On Tuesday morning, subway platforms remained mostly empty as citizens opted for buses to commute.

"First, I was really scared", said Viktoria Prishchepova, who did ride the subway.

"As soon as I got out, I started calling my loved ones, but the connection was bad", said Zakharchenko, whose parents live in the Siberian city of Irkutsk.

  • Leroy Wright