Three arrested over Russian metro bombing

Russian investigators suspect a radical Islamist immigrant from Kyrgyzstan detonated the explosives in a St Petersburg subway vehicle on Monday that killed 14 people in the worst terrorist attack in a major Russian city in years, Interfax reported.

Russian investigators identified 22-year old Kyrgyz-born man Akbardzhon Dzhalilov as the suicide bomber in Monday's blast.

Jalilov, ethnic Uzbek, was born on 1 April 1995 in the city of Osh, the statement said.

The Investigative Committee said that forensic experts also found the man's DNA on the bag with a bomb that was found and deactivated at another subway station in St Petersburg on Monday.

Although police originally were seeking two people as possible suspects in the hours after the attack, Russian investigators said on Tuesday that it was the work of a suicide bomber.

"We can state today that 14 people have died", said Veronika Skvortsova, adding that 49 people are still hospitalised after the explosion on Monday afternoon.

An unfortunate incident happened in the city of St. Petersburg last Monday when an explosion rocked a metro station killing several civilians and leaving more than 30 people injured. Earlier bombings on the Moscow metro in 2004, also linked to Chechen terrorists, killed almost 50 people.

The bombing occurred around 2:40 pm (1240 GMT) while the train was travelling to the central station Tekhnologichesky Institut.

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

He said that according to Russia's evaluations, "the threat emanates from fighters of Russian origin who have been "broken in" in Iraq and Syria". The intelligence agency said it is co-operating with Russian authorities to help the investigation.

SIEGEL: And so far still no claim of responsibility by any radical group.

Authorities say there is no evidence those suspects, from former Soviet Central Asia, are connected to the bomb attack. "It was Akbarjon Djalilov", a statement by the Investigative Committee said.

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

Like many others from Central Asia, Dzhalilov moved to St. Petersburg with his parents and eventually got Russian citizenship.

The news agency is quoting law enforcement sources as saying that police are looking for a man who is believed to have planted a device that exploded in a subway auto on Monday, killing 10 and wounding about 40 others.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told security officials from a regional alliance that this week's subway bombing in St. Petersburg underlines that terrorism's threat is not subsiding.

  • Leroy Wright