Russian Federation identifies Akbarzhon Dzhalilov as St. Petersburg attacker

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Russian trains and planes have often been targeted by Islamist militants.

Police in Russian Federation have arrested three people over the deadly St Petersburg Metro bombing.

Russia's Investigative Committee on Tuesday named the attacker behind the Saint Petersburg metro blast as Akbarjon Djalilov, adding that he had also planted a second bomb that was defused by the authorities.

"While I entrust all those who are tragically deceased to the mercy of God, I express my spiritual closeness to their loved ones and to all those who are suffering because of this dramatic event" he said.

A suicide bomber set off an explosive device Monday afternoon on a train moving from Tekhnologichesky Institute towards Sennaya Ploshchad station on Line 2 (Moskovsko-Petrogradskaya) of the St. Petersburg metropolitan system.

Russian investigators have arrested three people suspected of being linked to the St Petersburg suicide bomber.

Forensic experts found his genetic traces on the bag with a bomb left at Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station.

Investigators said in a statement that "it has been established that the explosive device could have been activated by a man whose fragmented remains were discovered in the third carriage" of the train, Agence France-Presse reported.

Meanwhile, officials in Berlin were being criticized for not bathing the Brandenburg Gate in the colors of the Russian flag, even though the city in the past has lit the gate with colors of various countries that have suffered terror attacks.

Investigators also said they found and dismantled an explosive device in the apartment where the three lived.

A Russian man who faces charges in the United States of hacking and stealing information from computers at LinkedIn, Dropbox and other San Francisco Bay Area companies can be extradited either to the United States or Russia, the state prosecution in Prague said yesterday. Amongst the deceased was St. Petersburg local kickboxing champion Denis Petrov who was 25-years-old at the time of his death.

The Kyrgyz and Russian Foreign Ministers met on Tuesday in Moscow to discuss the attack.

Dzhalilov, 22, is suspected of engaging in the suicide bombing attack, which killed 14 people and injured another 49.

That news is a new twist in accounts of the attack; some witnesses had reportedly told police they saw a man leave a bag or suitcase in the train auto as he exited the train. It is now unclear whether the suicide bomber is the same suspect from Kyrgyzstan named Akbarzhon Jalilov.

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