April 3, 2017 There are conflicting reports regarding the suspect or suspects in Monday’s attack on a St. Petersburg Metro train. Russian investigators say they have surveillance footage of two people wanted in connection to the attack that killed eleven people and injured dozens more.
Russian police have issued warrants for two suspects, one who allegedly placed the explosive device in a briefcase in the metro car and another is suspected of leaving the undetonated bomb in a second car. Interfax News Agency reports the attack was carried out by a 23-year-old suicide bomber from Central Asia. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The unidentified explosive device went off at 2:20 p.m. on a train as it was departing from the Technology Institute station en route to the Sennaya Square station. The St. Petersburg subway system immediately shut down all of its stations and security will be ramped up at all key transport facilities across Russia. Moscow’s deputy mayor, Maxim Liksutov said that included tightening security on the subway in the Russian capital.
Russia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee said investigators discovered and deactivated a second bomb a couple of hours later at Vosstaniya Square by the Moscow railway station.
Russian President, Vladamir Putin, was in St. Petersburg at the time of the attack. Speaking from Constantine Palace in St. Petersburg, Putin said investigators were looking into whether the train explosion was a a terror attack and offered his condolences to the families of those killed.
Several previous attacks on Russia’s transportation system were carried out by the North Caucasus, a terrorist group trying to align with the Islamic State or ISIS. The group’s leader Said Buryatsky, dubbed the Russian bin Laden was believed to have been among a group of terrorists killed in 2014. The North Caucasus was behind two suicide bombers that detonated on Moscow’s subway system in 2010 that killed 40 commuters.
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Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."