Russian police check suspicious object in St. Petersburg

The nation's GKNB security service identified the alleged bomber as Akbarzhon Jalilov, who was born in Kyrgyzstan's second-largest city of Osh in 1995 - after the Soviet Union's collapse.

Authorities believe the suspect was linked to radical Islamic groups and carried the explosive device on to the train in a backpack, reports claim.

The committee said on April 4 that it had determined that Jalilov, 22, set off a bomb that exploded on a subway train between two stations in central St. Petersburg the previous day, and that his remains were found at the scene.

A national of the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan is being sought as a suspect in Monday's bombing in central St Petersburg.

The bomb was detonated on a train between Sennaya Square and Technological Institute, two busy stations in the centre of the city, on Monday afternoon.

A Russian citizen of Kyrgyz origin was identified as the perpetrator of the terror attack that left 14 dead on the St Petersburg metro, Russian authorities announced.

The last known terrorist attack to target Russian citizens was a downed airliner that had just departed a Egyptian resort for St. Petersburg.

The agency that runs the subway said several stations in the northern Russian city were closed and that an evacuation was underway. Another bomb was found undetonated at a nearby station. He says that man went to police to tell them he wasn't involved in the attack.

Russian investigators have confirmed the identity of the suicide bomber behind the Saint Petersburg metro blast as Akbarjon Djalilov. The explosion blew open a subway door as it departed the station.

"Regarding the link with Islamic radicalism, we have to wait to know more until the investigation yields its full results", Abyldaev said at a press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Russian investigators on Thursday found elements of an explosive device in the apartment where they lived.

It said however that while it had opened a case under charges of terrorism, it would consider all other possible causes of the incident.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the blast as a "barbaric act" and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Europe's thoughts were with the Russian people.

President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said the blast in St. Petersburg is a reminder that terrorism must be dealt with "urgently and comprehensively".

  • Zachary Reyes