Arrests linked to deadly attack on St. Petersburg subway

Russian investigators Tuesday identified the bomber in the deadly Saint Petersburg metro blast as 22-year-old Akbarjon Djalilov, as Russia's second city mourned the 14 people killed. It is now unclear whether the suicide bomber is the same suspect from Kyrgyzstan named Akbarzhon Jalilov.

Meanwhile, investigations continue about the alleged metro attacker, his motives and whether he had any links to radical movements.

Within two hours of the blast, authorities had found and deactivated another bomb at another busy station, the anti-terror agency said.

The investigative committee on its website (in Russian) has named most victims of the explosion, which happened on Monday afternoon after the train had left Sennaya Ploshchad station.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday commented on the attack during a meeting in Moscow with security officials from former Soviet countries.

Another wrote that the bombing created "a metro to hell for the worshipers of the Cross" and claimed that the attacks were revenge for Russia's attacks on ISIS in Syria's civil war.

Russia's health minister on Tuesday raised the death toll from 11 to 14 and said 49 people are still in hospital.

The bomb went off on a train under Russia's second-largest city on Monday.

Russian Federation says it has detained six terrorist recruiters in St Petersburg after an attack on the city's metro system that killed 14 people.

Officials fear that the predominantly Muslim Central Asian states, which once formed part of the Soviet Union, are becoming prime recruiting grounds for terrorist organizations.

Jalilov's parents, who live in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh, were questioned there by Kyrgyz authorities on April 4 and were then flown to St. Petersburg.

Russian investigators found DNA that identified the suicide bomber as a 22-year-old Kyrgyz Russian citizen, Akbarzhon Dzhalilov.

The bombing raised jitters ahead of the Confederations Cup football tournament in June, with the opening game and final set to be held in Saint Petersburg as Russian Federation gears up towards hosting the World Cup next year.

Mr Trump said it was "absolutely a awful thing", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.

"Both President Trump and President Putin agreed that terrorism must be decisively and quickly defeated", a White House statement said about the call.

  • Leroy Wright