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Russian investigators confirm Jalilov as man behind metro blast
April 4, 2017 / 1:09 PM / 5 months ago

Russian investigators confirm Jalilov as man behind metro blast

A still image of suspect Akbarzhon Jalilov walking at St Petersburg's metro station is shown in this police handout photo obtained by 5th Channel Russia April 4, 2017. 5th Channel Russia/via Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's state investigative committee on Tuesday named Akbarzhon Jalilov as the man behind the St Petersburg metro blast, confirming an earlier statement from Kyrgyzstan's security services.

The committee said in a statement its investigation had identified Jalilov, whose genetic traces were also found on a bag containing an explosive device.

"From the genetic evidence and the surveillance cameras there is reason to believe that the person behind the terrorist act in the train carriage, was the same one who left a bag with an explosive device at the Ploshchad Vosstaniya station," the statement added.

The blast on Monday has killed 14 people so far and injured almost 50.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; writing by Sujata Rao

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