St Petersburg metro bombing a probable self-murder attack

Media captionFootage shows passengers leaping from a disadvantage in a mins after a blast

The St Petersburg metro blast was caused by a explosve presumably detonated by a male whose physique tools were found on a train, Russian investigators say.


The blast between dual metro stations on Monday killed 14 people and harmed 49.

Kyrgyzstan’s confidence use named a think as Akbarzhon Jalilov, who was innate in a Kyrgyz city of Osh in 1995 and had performed Russian citizenship.

His name was after reliable by Russian investigators, who pronounced he also planted a second explosve that did not explode.

In an progressing statement, a Russian state inquisitive cabinet pronounced it had resolved a sight explosve might have been detonated by a male whose stays were found in a carriage.

No organisation has pronounced it was behind a bombing.

In other developments:

  • More sum have emerged about a sight motorist hailed a favourite (see serve in this article)
  • Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova pronounced a genocide fee had risen from 11 to 14 after 3 people died in hospital
  • Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a assembly with his Kyrgyz reflection Erlan Abdyldayev, pronounced a conflict “once again shows a significance of stepping adult corner efforts to fight this evil”
  • Authorities in St Petersburg have announced 3 days of mourning.

Who is suspected bomber?

What we know so far


A city on edge: By Sarah Rainsford, BBC News, St Petersburg

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The metro here is open again, though passengers streamer into a stations during a heart of a conflict pass a outrageous raise of flowers. People here during Sennaya Ploshchad have been adding to a tabernacle all morning, withdrawal records and pressed toys and lighting candles.

This is a city perplexing to get behind to normal, though there is low startle during what’s happened.

I spoke to women in tears. One told me she felt she had to move flowers since this conflict was so awful, and her mom was frightened during how pointless a murdering was. “Everyone we know is fine,” Irina said. “But it could have been any one of us.”

There were explosve scares on a metro complement again this morning, and several stations were sealed and cordoned off as confidence teams changed in. It is another pointer that this is a city on corner now.


World leaders have rallied behind Russia in condemning a blast.

  • The White House pronounced President Donald Trump had oral to Mr Putin by phone and offering “full support” in bringing those obliged to justice
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel described a blast as a “barbaric act”
  • UK Prime Minister Theresa May pronounced she had created to President Putin to offer her condolences. “This shows a terrible belligerent hazard that we are all facing,” she added.

Events as they happened

In pictures: St Petersburg explosion

The blast occurred on Monday afternoon after a sight had left Sennaya Ploshchad station.

Senior questioner Svetlana Petrenko told Russian media a sight driver’s preference to continue to a subsequent station, Tekhnologichesky Institut, had roughly positively helped save lives, as it authorised people to be discovered quickly.

Train motorist Alexander Kaverin told reporters: “I only followed a procedure. You will know that this isn’t a initial belligerent act that we’ve had, there’ve been explosions before, so intelligent people came adult with intelligent procedures.

“And these procedures contend that in this conditions we had to take a sight to a nearest station. This is what we did. The sight kept moving. There was a crash and lots of dust, though a sight kept on moving.”

The find of an explosve device during another station, Ploshchad Vosstaniya, on Monday also suggested a mutual attack.

Both Mr Kaverin and another worker who found a unexploded explosve would be rewarded for their actions, metro officials said.


Shifting tactics: By Abdujalil Abdurasulov, BBC Russia and Central Asia analyst

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Several thousand fighters from Central Asia have assimilated militants in Syria and Iraq. Some are recruited from among migrant workers in Russia, who might be exposed to promotion since of a misapplication and abuse they face.

As partial of changeable tactics, militants reportedly interest to new recruits to support a “cause” during “home” as an choice to fasten a battlefront in Syria or Iraq.

The hearth of a suspected bomber is reported to be Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Although this city is in a Fergana valley, where a purpose of Islam is quite strong, it should not be viewed as a source of a flourishing “Islamic threat”.

Islam in Central Asia is distant some-more physical than in many tools of a Muslim world. Although a change of a sacrament is positively increasing, this is mostly incorrectly seen as a pointer of a flourishing hazard of aroused radicalism, that effectively puts an equals pointer between Islam and danger.

The reasons because Central Asians support aroused Islamist groups are especially secure in amicable and mercantile insecurities. Religion might not be indispensably a vital one.

Per capita, some-more fighters have left from some European countries, such as Belgium, to join belligerent groups in Syria and Iraq. And Belgium’s Muslim race is distant smaller.

Read more: Why Central Asians are lured by IS


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