Seven arrested in St Petersburg subway bombing probe

Kyrgyz security services have named the suspect as Akbarjon Djalilov, a Kyrgyzstan national, but this has yet to be confirmed by Russian security services.

Another St. Petersburg subway station was closed following a bomb threat on Tuesday.

The attack coincided with a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was in town for a pro-Kremlin media forum in St. Petersburg, his hometown.

Russian security agencies found another explosive device at another station, the Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station in central St Petersburg, and made it safe, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said. The intelligence agency said it is cooperating with Russian authorities to help the investigation.

SIEGEL: And the fact that the suspected suicide bomber was from Kyrgyzstan - what does that say to Russians, and what does Kyrgyzstan connote in the context of Islamism?

"He is a citizen of Russia", spokesman Rakhat Sulaimanov told AFP in Bishkek, adding that Kyrgyz security services are "in contact with Russian security services".

As the authorities probed the circumstances of the attack, they also released the identities of most of the victims of the attack, as dozens of injured remained in hospital.

In the past two decades, Russian trains and planes have been frequent targets of attack, usually blamed on Islamic militants. "At that moment, when I saw the torn-up neighbouring carriage, everything became very scary".

The White House said President Donald Trump had spoken to Mr Putin by phone and offered "full support" in bringing those responsible to justice.

"We once again reiterate the necessity for joint worldwide efforts to seriously confront terrorism, regardless of the motivations behind it, and believe that there is no way to uproot these violent crimes except through serious resolve and determination by all states and global bodies", Qassemi said.

Kaverin said he had learned that in such situations, he needed to drive the train all the way to the next station.

Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin has ordered officials to look into any potential "links" between the alleged attacker and the Islamic State (IS) group.

The Western official and other people interviewed for this article spoke on condition of anonymity due to the ongoing investigation into Monday's attack.

The entire subway system in St Petersburg, a city of five million, was shut down and evacuated before partial service resumed six hours later. "Some of the guys I knew said: "We must go and wage jihad", said the 22-year-old man, who gave his name as Khalijan.

Russian officials haven't said if Jalilov was the suicide bomber or played a different role.

To prevent further attacks, Russian authorities have reinforced security measures across St Petersburg and Moscow at public transport stations, public buildings, squares, schools and kindergartens.

"Or the person thought they were being followed, so detonated the device as soon as they thought they could and still kill as many people as possible".

That station is a major transfer point for passengers on two lines and serves the railway line to Moscow.

  • Julie Sanders