Russian investigators say a suicide bomber carried out Monday’s deadly attack on a crowded subway train in St. Petersburg, during a visit by President Vladimir Putin, the city’s native son.

The country’s Investigative Committee says it discovered the burned remains of a man who they believe killed 14 people and left nearly 50 others injured.  Earlier Tuesday, intelligence authorities in Kyrgyzstan, Moscow’s close ally, identified the suspected bomber as Akbarzhon Jalilov, who was born there in 1995.  

It is not clear if Jalilov was the suicide bomber identified by both Russian and Kyrgyzstan authorities.  

No one has claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack.  

The explosion was so powerful it blew a hole through the thick metal doors of a subway car.  Police defused another bomb hidden inside a fire extinguisher at a second St. Petersburg station.

Moscow took what it called “additional security measures” on its metro.  

St. Petersburg authorities shutdown a Metro station at the city’s Sennaya Square for several hours Tuesday after receiving a bomb threat.  VOA correspondent Daniel Schearf retweeted photos of emergency personnel responding to the threat.



Three days of mourning

Officials in St. Petersburg have declared three days of mourning.

President Putin was in St. Petersburg for a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.  Putin brought flowers to the subway station, where a memorial of flowers and candles grows.



The White House says U.S. President Donald Trump called Putin after the attacks and to express his condolences and offer support to the Russian people.  The White House said the two presidents agreed terrorism must meet a swift end.  

A terrorist attack would be quite serious, says the director general of the Russian International Affairs Council, Andrei Kortunov. 

“Because we have not experienced anything like that for a long period of time in Russia.  And, definitely we are back to where we were some 10 or 12 years ago when these explosions unfortunately took place on a more or less regular basis,” he said.

The last subway attack was in Moscow in 2010 when female suicide bombers connected to an Islamist insurgency in Chechnya were blamed for killing at least 33 people.  Earlier bombings on the Moscow metro in 2004, also linked to Chechen terrorists, killed nearly 50 people.  

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