11 dead in terrorist attack in Russian Federation

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2017

Investigators say that they don't have any information that would link these suspects with the suspected bomber who killed 14 people with a suicide bomb inside a subway auto in St. Petersburg Monday.

He was an ethnic Uzbek and naturalised Russian citizen, who had remained in St Petersburg to work in a sushi restaurant after his parents returned to Kyrgyzstan, according to a spokesman for the Kyrgyz government's Committee for National Security. "Described as a native of Osh, Kyrgyzstan's second largest city, Dzhalilov was born in 1995 - which conflicts with a prior BBC News report identifying a" 23-year-old man from Central Asia known to have links to radical Islam".

The explosion was a suspected suicide bombing by a perpetrator with ties to radical Islamists, Russia's Interfax news agency cited a law enforcement source as saying late on Monday.

The Investigative Committee said they suspect that a man whose body parts they found on the train was a suicide bomber.

Fourteen people have died as a result of a blast that ripped through a train carriage on the Saint Petersburg metro, Russia's health minister said Tuesday.

It was unclear whether the attack was a suicide bombing or whether the bomber got away. "The recent tragic events in St. Petersburg are the best confirmation of this", Putin said.

A blast tore through a subway train in St. Petersburg on Monday, resulting in multiple deaths and injuring dozens more, officials said.

The press office of the local emergency situations ministry said on Tuesday they received a call about a bomb at the Sennaya Square station.

St Petersburg, like Moscow, is home to a large number of Central Asian migrants who flee poverty and unemployment in their home countries for jobs in Russian Federation.

IS, however, has struck at Russian Federation overseas, claiming a bomb attack in October 2015 that blew a passenger jet packed with holidaymakers bound for Saint Petersburg out of the air over Egypt, killing all 224 people onboard.

Russian investigators said body parts of the suspect were found in the third vehicle of the train.

Authorities said that the explosion, which occurred on Monday, was an act of terrorism.

Others showed bodies lying by the train itself at Tekhnologichesky Institut as the station filled with smoke. Adding to the curiosity is a terrorist attack at almost the same time that killed two police officers in Astrakhan, a Caspian Sea city near Kazakhstan, and just a few hours' drive from Chechnya. We've seen some images that are purported to be of the attacker, but we're only just learning about this.

"I told (Putin) that terrorism is unforgivable, no matter the reason, and I resolutely condemn it", Abe said. Forty-nine wounded were still hospitalized, she said.

Alexander Kavernin, 50, told reporters Tuesday he heard the sound of a blast while his train was running, raised the alarm and carried on to the station.

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