The Suspect In The St. Petersburg Subway Bombing Has Been Identified

Cheryl Sanders
April 5, 2017

Investigators matched Djalilov's DNA to a bomb left at a second metro station that was defused by authorities, the committee said.

The suspect had radical Islamist links, Russian media cited law enforcement officials as saying, raising the possibility Monday's attack could have been inspired by Islamic State, which has not struck a major city in Russia before.

"It makes it easier for him to make that President Trump and the West - 'let's get on board, let's fight terrorism together'".

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"I think we can draw conclusions already about what this is likely to lead to", he said.

Residents continued bringing flowers to the stations near the site of explosion.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev described the attack as a "terrorist act", but authorities have released no specifics on who they believe is responsible, and no group has yet claimed the attack as their handiwork.

The explosion came after the Islamic State group called for attacks on Russian Federation in retribution for its military intervention in Syria against the jihadists.

The attack was apparently timed to coincide with a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was in town for a pro-Kremlin media forum in St. Petersburg, his home town.

Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security said in a statement on Tuesday that the man behind the bombing is a Kyrgyz-born Russian national.

Putin, who was born in Saint Petersburg, had on Monday added his own floral tribute to the dead.

Lavrov recalled an Obama-era US State Department spokesman's warning last fall that the conflict in Syria could lead to attacks in Russian Federation in arguing that media speculation of the metro bombing was carried out as revenge for Moscow's actions in Syria. It has now been revealed that it was a suicide bombing. There were also reports of a second explosion at Sennaya Ploshchad, but that appeared to just be smoke.

Russian investigators have launched a probe into an "act of terror" and said Tuesday that they believe they found remains of a suicide bomber inside one of the carriages.

Russian Federation has been on alert against attacks in reprisal for its military intervention in Syria, where Moscow's forces have been supporting troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad against Western-backed armed groups as well as the hard line Islamic State (IS) which grew out of the conflict.

Putin has said that between 5,000 and 7,000 people from Russian Federation and other former Soviet republics were fighting alongside the Islamic State group and other militants in Syria.

Authorities are cautious to immediately pin the blame on terrorism, but Russian Federation has experienced terror attacks of a similar nature before.

People lay flowers at the Technology Institute subway station in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday. The White House said in a statement that Trump "offered the full support of the U.S. government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice". All 224 people onboard were killed.

Islamist militants from the North Caucasus have been blamed in more than a dozen major terrorist attacks in Russian Federation since the country fought two civil wars in Chechnya.

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