St Petersburg metro bombing suspect 'from Kyrgyzstan'

The agency, which has sweeping powers, said it had sent a group of investigators to St Petersburg to look into the incident.

Critics accuse the state of Berlin of being indifferent to the deaths of Russians, noting that the city's iconic monument was bathed in the colors of other countries following attacks in London, Paris, Brussels and Istanbul.

Authorities in Russian Federation and Kyrgyzstan have not said whether the attack was a suicide bombing or whether the bomber got away.

Russian investigators have launched a probe into an "act of terror" and said Tuesday that they believe they found remains of a suicide bomber inside one of the carriages.

"It is possible that the explosive device was set off by a man, whose body parts were found on the train's third vehicle", the Russian Inquiry Commission announced this morning.

"In a message to Vladimir Putin, the President conveyed his condolences on the loss of lives in the blast in a metro carriage in St Petersburg yesterday".

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Russian news agency TASS reported the Russian Prosecutor-General's Office saying the explosion as a "terrorist attack".

A suicide bomber attacked a bus packed with students in Volgograd, killing six.

President Vladimir Putin, who was in Russia's second-largest city at the time of the attack, visited the Federal Security Service's St. Petersburg branch to be briefed by officials on the subway attack by security agencies and later laid flowers at the site of the explosion.

Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security said in a statement that one suspect behind the bombing is a Kyrgyz-born Russian national it identified as Akbarzhon Jalilov.

Russian authorities have rejected calls to impose visas on Central Asian nationals, hinting that having millions of jobless men across the border from Russia would be a bigger security threat.

The blast occurred Monday at 2PM (11:40 GMT) in a train that travels through the city center, entering a tunnel between two stations, Sennaïa Plochtchad and Tekhnologuitcheski Institout.

Four stations on the subway were closed again Tuesday due to a bomb threat, but later reopened. Abyldaev said Djalilov's motives were unclear during a press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Russian media say it was disguised as a fire extinguisher, and could have been five times as powerful as the one that did go off. Forty-nine people were injured. Trump also pledged to support Russia's response to the attack and its pursuit of justice, the statement said.

If it is confirmed that the bomb was carried out by radical Islamists, the Kremlin is likely to argue the attack underlines the importance of its campaign in Syria, where it is backing President Bashar al-Assad in a fight against Islamist militants.

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