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Likely suspect in St Petersburg blast is Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen
April 4, 2017 / 5:42 AM / in 8 months

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

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.

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

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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