A former sushi chef from Kyrgyzstan has been named as the suicide bomber who murdered 14 and injured 50 in the St Petersburg train massacre.
Russian citizen Akbarzhon Jalilov, 22, who was born in Kyrgyzstan, has been named by security services as the suspected bomber who also planted a second device hidden in a fire extinguisher that failed to explode.
Kremlin officials said parts of the attacker’s body had been found at the scene a day after a train was blown up between Sennaya Ploshchad and Sadovaya metro stations in Russia’s second city.
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CCTV images of the suspect have been released, showing him in a red Parka jacket, carrying a rucksack on his back through the Metro while further images shows him walking along the street with both his fists clenched – potentially because he was clutching the trigger for his bomb. Police believe he has close links to radical Islamists.
A former friend, Ali Matkarimov, today said Jalilov – who was named by Kyrgyzstan officials – was once a sushi maker and was ‘not even saying his prayers’ when the pair worked together in the city in 2013.
The Kremlin today described the attack as a ‘challenge’ to Vladimir Putin adding that it was ‘noteworthy’ that it happened while the Russian President was in the city.
As hundreds gathered to mourn the dead this morning, the city’s transport bosses reopened four stations which had been shut down following an anonymous call warning of another attack.
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