Russian police arrest 3 suspected of links to St. Petersburg subway bombing

Frederick Owens
April 19, 2017

Russian investigators yesterday 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.

Both the Russian and Kyrgyz security services identified the suspect as Akbarzhon Jalilov, 22, born in the city of Osh in 1995, but provided no other details.

The Committee also said investigators found Dzhalilov's DNA on an unexploded bomb planted in another subway station in St. Petersburg on Monday.

He set off an explosive device inside a metro train and planted a second bomb at the Ploshchad Vosstaniya station which was found and defused.

The suspects are from Central Asian countries and the group of six men has been active since 2015, said theInvestigative Committee of the Russian Federation in a statement.

A house of parents of a suicide bomber who was behind Monday's blast on the St. Petersburg, Russia, subway, in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Some 55 injured people remained in hospital with three in a critical condition, health officials said.

Russian Federation on Wednesday scrambled to unravel the possible motives of the alleged bomber behind a blast in the Saint Petersburg metro that killed 13 people, as the grieving city mourned its dead.

St. Petersburg has a large diaspora of people from Kyrgyzstan and other mostly Muslim former Soviet republics in Central Asia. "The recent tragic events in St. Petersburg are the best confirmation of this", Putin said.

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"First, I was really scared", said Viktoria Prishchepova, who did ride the subway.

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

Investigators said body parts of the suspect, Akbarzhon Jalilov, 22, were found in the third auto of the mangled train. The attack in Saint Petersburg is the first in several years to hit a major city in Russian Federation.

"It is for certain, that we must intensify [counter-terrorism] activities, given the situation that is developing in many parts of the world", Abdyldaev echoed, while lauding the close intelligence ties between Russian Federation and post-Soviet countries.

The bombing occurred around 2.40pm (7.40pm in Malaysia) while the train was travelling to the central station Tekhnologichesky Institut.

Russian is still reeling after the Monday attack which took place on the day Russian President Vladimir Putin was visiting St Petersburg, his home city.

Alexander Mikhailov, former head of the Federal Security Service's Public Relations Center, said metal and magnetic detectors in public places can not solve the problem, especially during rush hour, due to the level of human traffic.

Investigator Svetlana Petrenko said the driver of the train saved lives by continuing on to the next stop, reducing the danger to passengers who would have had to walk along electrified tracks. Russians initially had just told us that there was just signs that pointed to this being a terror attack.

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