Russian Police Make Arrests Related to Subway Bombing

On April 3, a terrorist attack believed to be a suicide bombing claimed the lives of 14 people, mostly students, and left about 50 people injured.

Police in Russian Federation have arrested three people over the deadly St Petersburg Metro bombing.

"An explosive device similar to the one found on Ploshchad Vosstaniya station in St. Petersburg metro, handguns and munitions have been discovered in the apartments the suspects lived in", Petrenko said.

The people targeted in the search are "several citizens of Central Asian republics, who had been in contact" with suspected bomber, 22-year-old Akbarjon Djalilov, the committee said.

The Interfax news agency, citing a law enforcement source, said the men were from Central Asia, where the impoverished, predominantly Muslim states have become a breeding ground for jihadism.

Akhbarzhon Dzhalilov, the 22-year-old whom investigators believe detonated a bomb on a train as it traveled between two central St. Petersburg subway stations, is an ethnic Uzbek who came to Russian Federation from the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan.

Konstantin Serov, the chief administrator in the city district where the building is located, told Russian news agencies that police deactivated an explosive device at the apartment.

Police said the suspects come from the same region of central Asia as the bomber, Akbarzhon Dzhalilov.

Investigators said there was no evidence linking the six men to Monday's bombing.

One victim of Monday's attack, 50-year-old Irina Medyantseva, an artist well-known for the dolls she made, was buried Thursday in a funeral attended by a few dozen relatives and friends.

Moscow and other cities held rallies Thursday to express support for St. Petersburg and condemn terrorism - demonstrations that some critics suggested were organized by authorities. "The country and the entire world share our pain". The bomb blast tore through a subway train under Russia's second-largest city on Monday.

  • Leroy Wright