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Russia identifies Akbarzhon Dzhalilov as the man behind St. Petersburg blast

The Russian Investigative Committee has identified Kyrgyzstan native Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, 22, as suicide bomber, who blew himself up in  Saint Petersburg metro on Monday, killing 14 and injuring dozens of people, Sputnik reports.

“The investigation established the identity of the man who carried out an explosion in the metro train carriage in St. Petersburg. It was Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, born on 01.04.1995,” committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko told reporters.

The investigation also found out that the same man had left a bag with an explosive device on the Ploschad Vosstaniya subway station. It was neutralized by specialists.

Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee on National Security (GKNB) confirmed to Sputnik earlier in the day that Dzhalilov was the suspected perpetrator of the Monday afternoon attack.

On Monday, an explosion occurred in the St. Petersburg underground on the stretch of rail between the Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut metro stations at around 3 p.m. local time (12:00 GMT). The blast killed at least 14 people,  leaving 49 injured.

Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened a criminal investigation into a suspected terrorist attack.

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