St Petersburg metro bomber identified as Kyrgyz man

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2017

Putin touched on the attack at a previously scheduled meeting in Moscow with security service chiefs from ex-Soviet countries.

The bomb was detonated on a train between Sennaya Square and Technological Institute, two busy stations in the centre of the city, on Monday afternoon.

The Russian business daily Kommersant said that security agencies had learned of a terror plot in St. Petersburg from a Russian man affiliated with IS who had come from Syria. "Each of our nations is a potential target for terrorist attacks".

Russian law-enforcement agents detained six migrant workers from several countries of central Asia on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities in St. Petersburg, the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement on its website. A statement released by Russia's Investigative Committee accused the men of working since 2015 to recruit people to commit terrorist acts and to fight overseas for terror groups, including the Islamic State and the former al-Qaeda affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra.

Gibson said an analysis of pictures from the blast site also suggested the main attack had not gone to plan, with a weak blast inflicting little damage on the train carriage.

Investigators said they had searched a flat as part of their inquiry and that "objects relevant to the investigation" were found.

Dzhalilov's parents arrived in St. Petersburg for questioning Wednesday.

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.

An unidentified device went off at about 14:40 Moscow time on Monday in a subway train auto when it was moving from the Tekhnologichesky Institut Station to the Sennaya Ploshchad Station.

Later on Tuesday morning, emergency officials said they had closed four subway station in St Petersburg following a bomb threat.

A 22-year old suicide bomber born in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan was behind a blast on the St Petersburg subway that killed 13 people, Russian investigators have said.

The bomb went off on a train under Russia's second-largest city on Monday, killing 14 people and injuring dozens.

Russian media have cited law enforcement officials as saying Jalilov had radical Islamist links, raising the possibility that his attack was inspired by Islamic State (ISIS), which has never struck a major Russian city.

CCTV footage from outside his apartment building showed him leave home with a bag and a backpack on Monday.

Residents have been bringing flowers to the stations near where the blast occurred. Dzhalilov's DNA was found on the bag, authorities say.

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