Russian investigators confirm identity of metro bomber
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 06, 2017,
Apr 06, 2017, 21:43
Investigators said it is not clear yet if they are connected to Akbarzhon Jalilov, a Kyrgyzstan man suspected of carrying out a bomb attack on a St Petersburg Metro train on Monday, which killed 14.
The suspect had radical Islamist links, Russian media cited law enforcement officials as saying on Tuesday, raising the possibility Monday's attack could have been inspired by Islamic State, which has not struck a major city in Russia before.
"This terrorist act is a threat to all of us, all our nation", he said quoted by the Interfax news agency.
Djalilov's fragmented remains were found at the scene of the blast, but it remains unclear whether he was included in the official death toll.
The explosion had taken place in a crowded metro train near St Petersburg which is the historic city centre as Russian President Vladimir Putin was visiting the city.
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.
St Petersburg City Hall said several foreign nationals were among those killed and injured, but would not provide details.
The bombing raised jitters coming just over a year before Russian Federation is due to host the Football World Cup in venues including Saint Petersburg.
The country's transport network - including the metro in Moscow - was hit repeatedly by suicide bombers leaving scores dead.
Officials in St. Petersburg have declared three days of mourning.
In the newly released photos, Kyrgyzstan-born Russian citizen Akbarzhon Jalilov, 22, is seen smiling with pals, and posing alongside scenic vistas.
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At least four stations were closed on Tuesday after a call about a possible bomb. The bombing marks the first attack carried out in Russian Federation by a Central Asian.
The decision to keep moving was praised by authorities as aiding evacuation efforts and reducing the danger to passengers who would have had to walk along the electrified tracks. "They also tried to involve the recruits in other illicit armed groups, including those acting in other states", the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement.
"Unfortunately, two traffic police officers died on the spot". "You begin to feel the thin line about life and death", he said.
Islamic State, however, has struck at Russian Federation overseas, claiming a bomb attack in October 2015 that blew up a passenger jet packed with holidaymakers returning to St Petersburg from Egypt, killing all 224 people onboard.
In the past two decades, Russian trains and planes have been frequent targets of attack, usually blamed on Islamic militants.
The Kyrgyz and Russian Foreign Ministers met on Tuesday in Moscow to discuss the attack.
The city's governor, Georgi Poltavchenko, said that everything was being done to guarantee the safety of tourists in the city, which is a host city for football's Confederations Cup in June, and the football World Cup next year.