Russian Federation metro explosion: One suspect in St. Petersburg subway blast identified

Russian Federation metro explosion: One suspect in St. Petersburg subway blast identified

The exact cause of the attack remain unknown pending an official investigation.Putin has laid flowers at the entrance of the Technological Institute station, expressing his condolences to the families of the victims.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - As part of a sweeping hunt for any accomplices of the St. Petersburg suicide bomber, investigators Wednesday rounded up seven suspected Islamic State recruiters from the Central Asia region of the former Soviet Union but found no immediate evidence of their involvement in the subway attack.

Russia's top investigative body says more people have been arrested in connection with the suicide bombing of a subway train in St. Petersburg that killed 13 passengers.

The suspected bomber was identified as Kyrgyz-born Akbarjon Djalilov, a Russian citizen who was born in 1995.

The Interfax news agency on Monday said authorities believe the suspect was linked to radical groups and carried the explosive device onto the train in a backpack.

A source told The Daily Mail that "Two people are being sought on suspicion of planning the blasts, one of whom is thought to have placed the explosive device in the metro wagon and the second person for leaving a bomb at the metro station Ploshchad Revolutsii".

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"We can state today that 14 people have died", said Veronika Skvortsova, adding that 49 people are still hospitalised after the explosion on Monday afternoon. None of the detainees' neighbours said they had ever seen Jalilov, who was born in Osh, southern Kyrgyzstan but held a Russian passport.

His DNA was found on the bag, authorities said. "You begin to feel the thin line about life and death", he said.

Patriach Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, led a service at Moscow's main cathedral on Tuesday for those killed in the blast.

The bomb went off between two stations and the driver of the train, Alexander Kaverin, has been praised for his decision to keep the train going until the next station to make evacuation easier. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev described the blast as a "terrorist act", but no group has claimed responsibility for the attack thus far.

The authorities said that those detained had been recruiting people to join groups including the Islamic State "to carry out terrorist crimes" and join "illegal armed groups" overseas.

People stand around candles showing the time of the subway bombing as they gather in memory of victims of the tragic event, on Marsovo Polye in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

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