55 injured remain hospitalized after St. Petersburg metro blast

Apr 07, 2017, 02:15
55 injured remain hospitalized after St. Petersburg metro blast

The prime minister expressed his condolences over the dead and his sympathy with those injured in an explosion in the subway system in St. Petersburg on Monday that killed 14 people.

People form digits of the time of the subway bombing in memory of victims of the tragic event, on Marsovo Polye in St.Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

The suspect, Akbarzhon Jalilov, 22, was killed in the explosion, a spokesperson for Russia's top investigative agency said in a statement.

"PM expressed deepest condolences to the government and people of Russian Federation on the tragic loss of lives in the blast in St. Petersburg metro", the Prime Minister's Office said.

The remains of the bomber were found at the scene of the blast, but it was not clear if he is included in the official toll of the attack.

Kyrgyzstan identified the suspect in the twin explosions as "a native of our republic", the country's National Security Committee spokesman Rakhat Sulaimanov said.

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Kazakhstan's foreign ministry said one of its nationals, Maksim Aryshev, a 20-year-old student, had died.

The Interfax news agency reported Monday that authorities think the bomber was linked to radical Islamic groups and carried the explosive device onto the train in a backpack.

The decision to keep moving was praised by authorities, who said it helped evacuation efforts and cut danger to passengers who would have had to walk along the electrified tracks.

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.

It said it had identified several people of central Asian origin who had been in touch with Akbarzhon Jalilov, the main suspect.

In Wednesday's sweep in St. Petersburg, law enforcement agencies arrested seven Central Asian migrants who are suspected of acting as recruiters for the Islamic State and the al-Qaida's branch in Syria. Investigators are looking into whether he met possible accomplices in Moscow, according to Russian media reports.

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Russian Federation on Wednesday probed the potential motives of the alleged bomber behind a blast in the Saint Petersburg metro that killed 14 people, as the grieving city mourned its dead.

Earlier Monday at a White House event, Trump described the attack as "a awful thing".

No one has claimed responsibility for the subway bombing, but Russian trains and planes long have been targeted by bombings staged by Islamist militants.

Russian emergency officials say they have closed a subway station in St. Petersburg following a bomb threat.

On Tuesday morning, 53-year-old Oleg Alexeyev, who trains bomb-detecting police dogs, went to the station where the stricken train pulled in and victims were taken off. "You begin to feel the thin line about life and death", he said.

Several people on Thursday were detained by the Russian authorities after an explosive device was tracked down from a residential building. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. On Jan. 24, 2011, a suicide bomber hit Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, killing 37 people and wounding 180.

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