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GKNB confirms that St Petersburg metro blast suspect a native of Kyrgyzstan

GKNB confirms that St Petersburg metro blast suspect a native of Kyrgyzstan

The National Security Committee of Kyrgyzstan (GKNB) confirmed that the suspected St Petersburg bomber is a native of Kyrgyzstan who obtained the Russian citizenship.

GKNB is in contact with the Russian special services regarding the investigation, the statement said.

Earlier, St Petersburg-based 5th Channel reported that the suspected St Petersburg metro station bomber could be a citizen of Russia, native of Kyrgyzstan — Akbar Jalilov born in 1995. Akbar Jalilov is suspected of detonating an improvised explosive device in the subway train car, which was heading to the Technological Institute station from the station Sennaya Ploshchad on April 3, the report said. He is also the main suspect of placing another improvised explosive device at the station Ploshchad Vosstaniya, which did not detonate, the report said.

Terrorism probe has been launched over the blast by Russia’s Investigative Committee. The Committee has also launched a search for two people suspected of being implicated in the bombing. The information on the search for organizers and perpetrators of the explosion has been confirmed by the National Antiterrorism Committee (NAC).

A suspected suicide bombing on the Saint Petersburg subway stations killed 11 people and wounded at least 45 others. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but officials said they were treating the blast as an act of terrorism. There was no official confirmation of any link to Islamist radicals.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was in the city when the blast struck, visited the scene of the explosion late on Monday night and laid flowers at a makeshift shrine to the victims.

Original url : akipress.com

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