Russian Federation identifies Akbarzhon Dzhalilov as St. Petersburg attacker
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 05, 2017,
Apr 05, 2017, 13:10
"Both President Trump and President Putin agreed that terrorism must be decisively and quickly defeated", a statement said.
The president added that, accordingly, Iran is ready for any kind of cooperation with the Russian government in this field.
"Seven died at the scene, one man died in an ambulance vehicle on the way to hospital", Russian Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova told journalists earlier.
The explosion came after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group called for attacks on Russian Federation in retribution for its military intervention in Syria against the militants.
Russian authorities have claimed to have foiled multiple terror attacks on transportation systems in Moscow, some by suspected militant cells.
Passengers were seen hammering at the windows of one closed carriage after the train pulled into the station.
An explosive device of an unknown type detonated at around 14:40 Moscow Standard Time on Monday inside a train heading from Tekhnologichesky Institute to Sennaya Square station.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came while President Vladimir Putin was visiting the city, his hometown.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it was cynical to say the bombing in St Petersburg was revenge for Russia's role in Syria. In Kyrgyzstan, the State Committee for National Security confirmed the man's identity and said it would help the Russian probe.
I had no time to think about fear at that moment, he 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.
Earlier on Tuesday a spokesman for Kyrgyzstan's national security committee identified the suspect as a native of the central-Asian country, telling the state-owned Tass news agency, "It has been established that an individual suspected of carrying out a terrorist attack is a native of our republic".
On Jan. 24, 2011, a suicide bomber blew himself up at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, killing 37 people and wounding 180.
Jalilov is also accused of planting a second unexploded bomb hidden in a fire extinguisher that was discovered at a metro station two miles away from the blast.
Forensic experts also found genetic traces of the terrorist on the bag with the explosive device that had been left at Ploshchad Vosstaniya station. Alexander Zhilkin, governor of the region, said the attackers are on the run.
The suicide attack also raised alarm ahead of the 2018 World Cup, with the Saint Petersburg stadium being one of the main venues for the football event Russian Federation hosts next year.
Kyrgyzstan security services said Tuesday the attack was staged by a "suicide bomber" named Akbarjon Djalilov, a naturalised Russian citizen born in southern Kyrgyzstan in 1995. According to RBC's source in the Federal Security Service, law enforcement authorities suggest that the suicide bomber was associated with a "radical underground that sympathizes with the Islamic State" (organization banned in Russia).