Arrests linked to deadly attack on St. Petersburg subway

Arrests linked to deadly attack on St. Petersburg subway

Kerry Wise
April 7, 2017

Russia's health minister has raised the death toll from Monday's blast on the St. Petersburg subway to 14.

The Investigative Committee said in a statement in the early hours on Wednesday that the investigators searched the man's home in St. Petersburg.

State investigative authorities said fragments of the body of the suspect had been found among the dead, indicating that he was a suicide bomber.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the blast that tore through a subway carriage in Russia's second city on Monday.

Earlier in the day, Petrenko told Interfax that the Investigative Committee, assisted by the FSB and the Interior Ministry's rapid response teams, conducted an examination of "fragmented remains" found inside the third auto and were able to establish that the terrorist suspect was male.

Dzhalilov was identified as the bomber earlier in the day by intelligence authorities in Kyrgyzstan, who said he had obtained Russian citizenship, according to "preliminary data".

"I also want to express my condolences to you and convey my condolences to the relatives (of those killed and injured in the metro blast), to St Petersburg residents, who are reacting very painfully and acutely to such things", the Belarusian president said at the beginning of a meeting with Russian President Putin. The foreign ministry of the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan said one of its citizens was killed in the attack.

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Russia's Federal Security Agency says its experts defused a self-made explosive device at the apartment where the suspects lived.

With St. Petersburg residents tense following the deadly subway bombing, the collapse of part of apartment building on Thursday triggered fears of a new attack until city authorities explained the cause. Forty-nine wounded were still hospitalized, she said.

The spokeswoman for the chief Russian investigators Svetlana Petrenko on Tuesday, said the assailant was identified as Akbarzhon Jalilov using genetic analysis and security camera footage of Monday's attack, Efe news reported.

One supporter commented that the suicide bombing was done as payback for Moscow's assistance to Syrian President al-Assad's efforts against Islamic State and other militant groups in the Syrian conflict.

Oleg Alexeyev, 53, who trains sniffer dogs for the police, went to the Technological Institute station Tuesday morning to lay flowers in memory of those who died.

Russia's second-largest city attempted to return to normal life Tuesday with the subway system reopening. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev described the blast as a "terrorist act", but no group has claimed responsibility for the attack thus far. Islamic State, which has drawn recruits from the ranks of Chechen rebels, has also threatened attacks across Russia in retaliation for Russian military intervention in Syria. Officially, the Russian government says that all possibilities are still being investigated, despite Russia's general prosecutor opening a terrorism investigation.

Previous attacks in Russian Federation include the bombing of a Moscow-to-St.