Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Russian police arrest 3 suspected of links to St. Petersburg subway bombing

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

Russia's top criminal investigation agency said the three suspects are all from the same region as the attacker - the Soviet Central Asia area.

Just few days after a deadly metro bombing in St Petersburg that claimed 14 lives and left 50 injured, new explosives were obtained from a residential building in St Petersburg.

The identification of Kyrgyz-born Akbarzhon Jalilov as the bombing suspect stoked fears of police action targeting migrants from Central Asia and the Caucasus. The investigators found no immediate evidence of their involvement in the subway attack.

There were two bombs planted at the subway, only one exploded.

"We see that, unfortunately, the situation is not improving", Putin said.

Extremist Islamist literature was found during a search of the detainees' living quarters, the statement added.

Putin Calls TrumpTrump spoke with Putin to condemn the attack and expressed "his deepest condolences to the victims and their loved ones, and to the Russian people", the White House said in a statement.

Critics accuse the state of Berlin of being indifferent to the deaths of Russians, noting that the city's iconic monument was bathed in the colors of other countries following attacks in London, Paris, Brussels and Istanbul.

The attack follows a long string of bombings of Russian planes, trains and transportation facilities.

St. Petersburg is home to a large diaspora of people from Kyrgyzstan and other ex-Soviet republics in Central Asia, who flee poverty and unemployment in their home countries for jobs in Russian Federation.

The bomber, Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, had lived in St. Petersburg for several years, working as a auto repairman and later at a sushi bar.

Dzhalilov, 22, a sushi-chef-turned-suicide-bomber, was killed in the explosion that also wounded at least 50.

The Kremlin said Merkel, Hollande and Putin "stressed the need to intensify cooperation in order to counter terrorism which is a common threat for all nations" and agreed to improve intelligence sharing.

Jalilov allegedly detonated an explosive on the city's metro between the central Sennaya Square and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations.

In a separate report, the agency said Dzhalilov had traveled to Syria in 2014 and trained with Islamic State militants.

Vasilyeva reported from Moscow.

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