14 people were killed and 49 injured in a suicide bombing on St. Petersburg metro in Russia on April 3. The blast tore through the train at 2.30 pm while it was travelling in a tunnel from Sennaya Ploshchad to Tekhnologichesky Institut stations in the city centre.
The casualties were minimised as the driver did not stop the train after the blast and continued to the next station where the evacuation and rescue were easier. Façade of one of the cars was ripped off and bodies were strewn across the station platform.
An explosive device had been found at another station, which was later defused, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said in a statement.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev labelled the explosion as a “terrorist act.” President Vladimir Putin, said all causes were being investigated, including terrorism. “Law enforcement agencies and intelligence services are doing their best to establish the cause and give a full picture of what happened,” Putin said.
US President Donald Trump condemned the attack and pledged Washington’s “full support” to Moscow’s response to the attack in a conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin
According to Kyrgyzstan’s State National Security Committee, the suspect is a Russian of Kyrgyz origin. “The suicide bomber in the Saint Petersburg metro was a Kyrgyz national Akbarjon Djalilov…born in 1995,” said a spokesman for the country’s security services. “It is probable that he acquired Russian nationality,” he added.
This is not the first time that the Moscow subway system has been targeted, twin bombings took place on the city metro in 2010 that killed 40 people and wounded at least 100.