Yesterday the Russian Investigative Committee revealed the identity of the suspect who detonated a bomb in the metro in St. Petersburg taking the live of 14 civilians and injuring nearly 50. According to the authorities this is the 22 year old Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, a Kyrgyzstan native, who is a Russian citizen.
Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee on National Security (GKNB) confirmed the identity of the suspect too. Dzhalilov was born in the city of Osh, Kyrgyzstan but moved with his father to St. Petersburg a few years ago, where he worked as a panel beater in a car repair shop. His pages on VKontake the Russian equivalent of Facebook show he had interests in Wahabbism, which is a conservative branch of Islam and also contain links to a website in Russian called “I love Islam” but there were no signs that he is inclined to extremism.
Russia’s state investigative committee released a statement that the bomb was detonated in the third carriage and that remains of a body were found there that might belong to the bomber.
“It has been ascertained that an explosive device could have been detonated by a man, fragments of whose body were found in the third carriage of the train.”
The forensic teams are working to determine if the DNA of the body belongs to Dzhalilov.
As of Tuesday Russia announced three days of official mourning.