Who detonated bomb in St.Petersburg subway: Versions and suspects

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Russian Investigative Committee today officially confirmed that the suicide bomber was Akbarzhon Jalilov
23:20, 4 April 2017

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As a result of the explosion in the St. Petersburg subway on April 3, 14 people were killed and more than 50 injured. According to preliminary information, the terrorist attack was organized by a native of Central Asia, who had connections with radical Islamist groups. The Russian media wrote about three suspects at once, but the name of the real terrorist became known only on the next day after the tragedy.

Two bombs

The investigation confirmed that the terrorist act was conducted by a suicide bomber, a native of Central Asia, who had connections with Syrian militants. Presumably the explosive device was attached on his body or was in a backpack, or he even held it in his hands, but at the abdominal level. This is evidenced by the fact that all those who were nearby, got wounds in the abdomen.

According to the first conclusions, the suicide bomber stood near the doors, closer to the middle of the wagon. In the center of the wagon investigators found his hand with wires that were sent for examination.

Many fragments of the remains of the dead people, not only the alleged terrorist, were found at the site of explosion. "His identity is preliminarily established, he is really a native of Central Asia and had connections with Syrian militants," the law enforcement agencies told.

At the same time, the source added that the explosive device detonated in St. Petersburg subway was similar to the one that was demined at the Ploshchad Vosstaniya station. According to him, the capacity of the improvised explosive device was 200-300 grams in TNT equivalent. "It looks like a device that was neutralized on the Ploshchad Vosstaniya," the source said. The bomb was stuffed with striking elements - metal balls and internal screws.

The interlocutor added that during the examination it will be determined whether an explosive device was in the fire extinguisher, similar to that found on the Ploshchad Vosstaniya. "Only fragments remained from it (the fire extinguisher), but the type of filling is the same," the source explained.

Suspects - who are they?

The photo of the alleged organizer of the explosion was first published by the Ren-TV television channel. It was reported that he entered the Petrogradskaya subway station 20 minutes before the explosion at the Technological Institute station.

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This man, a native of Bashkortostan, later came to the police after he saw himself on television. He did not resist, introduced himself and passed all the stages of checking regarding his involvement in the terrorist attack at Technological Institute station. According to the Fontanka agency, the examination of the bodies of the dead, among whom the alleged suicide bomber is, helped to remove suspicions from the detainee.  

"Apparently, they just found the" ideal Muslim "on the video recordings and spread his photo in the media," suggested journalist Ilya Varlamov, on his Facebook page.

The second person who was checked for involvement in the terrorist attack was the 22-year-old Maxim Aryshev, a citizen of Kazakhstan. Fontanka as one of the versions wrote that Aryshev last was in Internet a few minutes before the explosion and was close to the epicenter. RBK referring to independent investigators of Conflict Intelligence Team noted that the citizen of Kazakhstan is not a terrorist, but one of the victims. According to relatives, Maxim last telephoned at 14:30 on April 3 and said that he was returning home for lunch after classes from the Sennaya Ploshchad station through the Technological Institute.

The head of the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Anuar Zhainakov, wrote in his Facebook that it was premature to talk about Aryshev's possible involvement in the terrorist attack in St. Petersburg. Aryshev, who was a third-year student and lived with his girlfriend, sister and son-in-law, is not among the identified dead.

Nevertheless, the special services of Kazakhstan together with the Russian services began to work on a version of the involvement of Russian citizen, a native of Central Asia in the explosion in St. Petersburg subway.

 A picture of the second suspect appeared later in the evening - this guy weared jacket, hat and glasses. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan specified that it is not Aryshev on this photo.

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The third person who was suspected of involvement in the terrorist attack was the 22-year-old Russian citizen, Kyrgyzstan native Akbarzhon Jalilov. He was spotted by cameras in the subway; the orientation was spreaded in the social networks. He is a native of the Kyrgyz city of Osh, has lived in St. Petersburg for more than six years, has changed several passports, and has a foreign passport. In addition security forces are searching for his car Daewoo Nexia.

Press Secretary of the State National Security Committee of Kyrgyzstan Rakhat Sulaimanov confirmed that the terrorist is a native of Kyrgyzstan, a Russian citizen. Russian Investigative committee released final information that the suicide bomber was Jalilov. It was he who activated the explosives, and also left a bag with a bomb at the Ploshchad Vosstaniya station.

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Gazeta.Ru found out the details of Jalilov's life. He was not on criminal record and he was not seen in crimes.

“Jalilov’s father is a Russian citizen. As early as in 2011, he took his son with him to St. Petersburg, where they both worked in a car repair shop, " the source said.

Before leaving, Jalilov, Jr. received his Russian citizenship. His father applied for it to the Russian consulate general in Kyrgyzstan, and there his Russian passport was issued.

According to the interlocutor, last time Jalilov visited his parents in late February, and flew back on March 3. As a rule, Jalilov Jr. always flew directly to Pulkovo airport, and this time he flew to Domodedovo, to Moscow.

Now, according to the publication, security forces are trying to find out with whom he could meet in the Russian capital. It is possible that in Moscow he met with the organizers of the terrorist attack.

We note that another twenty years old girl is in wanted list. She was noticed by law enforcement officers who watched the recordings from the CCTV cameras.

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