April 4, 2017 / 5:42 AM / 6 months ago

Likely suspect in St Petersburg blast is Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen

General view of emergency services attending the scene outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, following explosions in two train carriages in St. Petersburg, Russia April 3, 2017. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

BISHKEK (Reuters) - 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.

A spokesman for the GKNB security service identified the suspect as Akbarzhon Jalilov, born in the city of Osh in 1995. He provided no other details.

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

Monday’s blast on board a metro train in St Petersburg killed 11 people and wounded 45.

Reporting by Olga Dzyubenko; writing by Katya Golubkova and Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Sujata Rao

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