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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 PM: St Petersburg blast was terrorist attack

Dmitry Medvedev, photographed earlier this year. Credit: AP

Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has described the blast on the St Petersburg metro station as a "terrorist attack".

In a post on his twitter account, Mr Medvedev sent his "most sincere condolences to the families and relatives of the victims of the explosion" and said the injured would be given "all necessary assistance".

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