6 arrested for terrorism in wake of St. Petersburg bombing

  • 6 arrested for terrorism in wake of St. Petersburg bombing

6 arrested for terrorism in wake of St. Petersburg bombing

Investigators say that they don't have any information that would link these suspects with the suspected bomber who killed 14 people with a suicide bomb inside a subway vehicle in St. Petersburg on Monday.

Investigators have identified the attacker as 22-year-old Akbarjon Djalilov, believed to be a Russian national born in Central Asian Kyrgyzstan, saying he had also planted a bomb at another station that was successfully defused.

Investigations are continuing into the Metro attack, with police probing Jalilov's background and whether he had links to extremist groups.

Meeting with the heads of security services from a regional alliance that includes most of Russia's Central Asian neighbors, President Vladimir Putin warned that terrorism remained a threat to all in the region. A DNA test also confirmed that he was the 14th person killed in the blast.

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

"And these procedures say that in this situation I had to take the train to the nearest station".

Russia's top investigative body, the Investigative Committee, said in a statement in the early hours Wednesday that investigators had searched his home in St. Petersburg.

Svetlana Bagayeva says the attack "has to do with all of us; it is a bad tragedy for the city". While most Central Asian migrants in Russia have work permits or work illegally, thousands of them have received Russian citizenship in the past decades.

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The killer's parents flew overnight to Russian Federation from their native Kyrgyzstan to help a probe that needs to clarify if he was working alone or is part of a terror group plotting other explosions.

The Investigative Committee said in a statement on Tuesday that they believe Akbardzhon Dzhalilov set off a bomb on a train that killed 14 people and wounded dozens.

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

No one has claimed responsibility for the subway bombing, but Russian trains and planes have been targeted by bombings staged by Islamist militants in the past.

St. Petersburg, like Moscow, is home to a large diaspora of Central Asian migrants who flee poverty and unemployment in their home countries for jobs in Russian Federation. Serov said, "Time will be needed to find out how they found out to be there".

Dzhalilov blew himself up on a busy subway line on Monday, killing himself and 13 others and wounding over 50 people.

Isachenkov reported from Moscow.