- Suspected terrorist named as Akbarzhon Dzhalilov;
- Terrorist is Russian born citizen of Kyrgyzstan;
- No arrest has yet been made;
The likely suspect in Russia’s St. Petersburg terrorist bomb blast Monday, which killed 11 people and injured dozens, has been identified as a Russian citizen born in a restive region of Kyrgyzstan, the Central Asian country’s security service said Tuesday.
Akbarzhon Dzhalilov has been identified as the suspect behind the attack by state security service of Kyrgyzstan. Akbarzhon who was born in the city of Osh in 1995, the Interfax news agency reported. The service said it was working with Russian law enforcement, who are investigating the incident as an act of terrorism.
The city of Osh was the site of bloody fighting between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in 2010. Osh is located in the Ferghana Valley, an area shared by three former Soviet republics that is known as a breeding ground for extremism in Central Asia.
Latest updates of Russian attack:
- Suspect identified as Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, a Kyrgyzstan national.
- The bomb detonated between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut
- Russian authorities say 11 people were killed and 51 people were injured
- The two city center stations have been reopened.
- A three-day mourning period has started.
- Four of the injured are in critical condition, Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said, according to Tass.
- President Vladmir Putin, laid roses at one of the memorials in St. Petersburg early Tuesday.
- No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which led to the shutdown of the city’s metro system.
‘Critics attack Putin’
Putin critics have expressed concern Monday that the Kremlin might use the attack as an excuse to curtail a growing movement that brought tens of thousands of people into the streets eight days earlier to protest official corruption.
In fact, President Vladimir Putin reminded Russians last week that what started as street protests calling for reforms in Ukraine and the Arab Spring countries, degenerated into violence and bloodshed.
Meanwhile, Russian authorities commended the train driver, who kept the train moving until it reached the Tekhnologichesky Institute station, which saved lives of passengers who otherwise might have been trapped in the tunnel.
This report updates our Monday story which said 9 people died.
Credits: Washingtonpost, stingged.com