St Petersburg metro suspect believed to have 'radical Islamist' links

The main suspect in the St Petersburg metro explosion which killed at least 14 people is believed to have had 'radical Islamist' links.

  • The main suspect, from Central Asia, is thought to have been a suicide bomber who had links with radical Islamists
  • Security services have identified him as a Kyrgyzstan-born Russian citizen
  • President Putin says all causes are being considered, including terrorism
  • The UN Security Council has called it a 'barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack'
  • The blast took place between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut underground stations
  • It is believed the explosive device was hidden inside a backpack and carried on the train by a 23-year-old man
  • Russia's Anti-Terrorism Committee said they found and deactivated a bomb - rigged with shrapnel - at another station
  • The same suspect is believed to have planted it
  • The metro system in St Petersburg was evacuated and shut down

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Russia holds eight suspects over St Petersburg bombing

A memorial to the victims of the bombing. Credit: AP

Eight suspects including a woman were arrested on Thursday in connection with the terrorist bombing on St Petersburg's metro, Russian officials have announced.

Earlier in the day police held three suspected accomplices to the attacker, who was named as Kyrgyzstan-born Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, 22. They also deactivated an explosive device in the apartment where they suspects lived.

The latest arrests come after six people were held on suspicion of recruiting the so-called Islamic State and the Al-Nusra Front following Monday's bombing, which killed 14 people.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.


St Petersburg station reopened after bomb threat

Emergency services outside the station on Tuesday. Credit: APTN

A St Petersburg underground station closed after a bomb threat on Tuesday has reopened, Russian news agency RIA reported.

Sennaya Ploshchad station was shut earlier after an anonymous call warning of a bomb.

Monday's deadly blast happened on a train as it travelled between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut underground stations.

Bomb threat closes St Petersburg metro station

Emergency services at the scene on Monday. Credit: AP

One of the underground stations affected by Monday's bombing in St Petersburg has been closed after a bomb threat, Russian emergency officials have said.

The agency said Sennaya Ploshchad station had been shut after an anonymous call warning of a bomb.

The blast on Monday happened on a metro train as it travelled between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut underground stations, killing 14 people.

May condemns 'absolutely appalling' metro bombing

Theresa May has condemned the "horrific" bombing in St Petersburg which killed 11 people on Monday.

The prime minister said she had written to Russian President Vladimir Putin to express her condolences for the "absolutely appalling attack".

"Our thoughts must be with the victims and their friends and families," she said.

"This shows the terrible terrorist threat we are all facing.

"I'm very clear, as the people of the UK were after the attack in London, that we will prevail, the terrorists will not win, our values will prevail."


St Petersburg bomber was 'Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen'

Eleven people were killed in Monday's bombing. Credit: AP

The St Petersburg subway bomber has been identified as a Kyrgyzstan-born Russian citizen, according to Kyrgyz security services.

The Kyrgyz intelligence agency said the suspect was born in Osh, the country's second largest city, in 1995.

Kazakhstan's security services said it was working with Russia to investigate Monday's blast, which killed 11 people.

Metro blast was 'barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack'

At least 11 people died in the explosion on the St Petersburg metro Credit: AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky

The St Petersburg metro explosion has been condemned as a "barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack" by the UN Security Council.

Offering condolences to the victims of the blast - which happened between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut underground stations - council members released a statement saying the "perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts" should be brought to justice.

Trump offers condolences to St. Petersburg metro victims

The scene earlier at Tekhnologichesky Institut subway station in St Petersburg Credit: AP

Donald Trump has offered his condolences to the victims of the St Petersburg metro explosion.

According to the White House the US President called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday to offer "the full support of the United States government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice."

Vladimir Putin lays flowers at St Petersburg memorial

Russia President Vladimir Putin has laid a floral tribute at a impromptu memorial to the victims of a bomb blast on the St Petersburg metro station.

Mr Putin happened to be in Russia's second-largest city for a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko when the explosion took place.

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