St. Petersburg Bombing Suspect Identified as Kyrgyz-born Russian Citizen

Kyrgyzstan, a predominantly Muslim Central Asian nation of six million, is Russia's close political ally and hosts a Russian military airbase.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin puts flowers down outside Tekhnologicheskiy Institut metro station in St. Petersburg, April 3, 2017.
Russian President Vladimir Putin puts flowers down outside Tekhnologicheskiy Institut metro station in St. Petersburg, April 3, 2017.Credit: GRIGORY DUKOR/REUTERS
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The likely suspect in a deadly blast in the Russian city of St. Petersburg is a Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen, Kyrgyzstan's security service said on Tuesday.

The security service identified the suspect as Akbarzhon Jalilov, who was born in 1993 in Osh, the country's second-largest city.

A spokesman for the GKNB security service said it had received an official request from Russian security services to identify the suspect.

Kyrgyzstan, a predominantly Muslim Central Asian nation of six million, is Russia's close political ally and hosts a Russian military airbase.

On Monday, a law-enforcement source told Interfax that authorities had established the identity of the suspected suicide bomber and that the suspect was a 23-year-old from central Asia who had carried an explosive device into the St Petersburg metro in a rucksack.

A man who was captured on surveillance cameras and earlier suspected of a role in the blast came forward to police and said that he played no role, Interfax reported.

Russia's state investigative committee said it had opened a criminal case over the bombing on charges of a terrorist act. The agency, which has sweeping powers, said it had sent a group of investigators to St. Petersburg, adding it would consider other possible causes of the incident besides terrorism.

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