Russian police: Suicide bomber believed to be behind Saint Petersburg metro blast

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Russian investigators said they believe a suicide bomber was behind a deadly attack on the subway in Russia’s second-largest city on Monday.

A explosion inside a train on the St. Petersburg subway claimed 14 lives and injured dozens.

The Investigative Committee said in a statement on Tuesday that they suspect that a man whose body fragments they found in the train was a suicide bomber. The committee said they identified him but would not release the details in the interests of the probe.

Earlier, Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee for National Security identified a suspect as Kyrgyz-born Russian Akbarzhon Dzhalilov. It is unclear whether the Russian and Kyrgyz statements referred to the same man.

The Kremlin spokesman says intelligence agencies will look into the fact that Monday’s subway blast in St. Petersburg happened while President Vladimir Putin was in town.

Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday that the fact that Putin was in the city when the bomb went off, although several dozen miles away from where he was hosting talks, “makes one pause” and is “something for the intelligence agencies to analyze.”

Russian news agencies say the St. Petersburg subway stations shut down after a bomb threat Tuesday have reopened.

At least four stations were closed after a call about a possible bomb.

Russian news agencies on Tuesday quoted the subway administration that full service on all lines and at all stations was restored by early afternoon.

The Sennaya Square station in the city center was cordoned off on Tuesday, and commuters were told via a PA announcement that three more stations have also been closed down.