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Russia metro blast suspect ‘from Central Asia’

India TV News Desk New Delhi 04 Apr 2017, 10:25:03 IST
India TV News Desk

The man behind the Russia metro train blast that killed 11 people and injured around 45 persons  is believed to be in his early 20s and from Central Asia. 

The blast took place between two underground stations of St Petersburg on Monday afternoon. 

Another device was defused at a nearby station.

The Interfax and Tass news agencies said the suspect had been identified, but there were conflicting reports as to whether he was a suicide bomber.

Russian investigators have described it as a suspected “act of terror” but they have given few details. No group has said it was responsible.

Authorities in Saint Petersburg have declared three days of mourning for the victims.

President Vladimir Putin, who was in the city when the blast occurred, visited the scene on Monday evening and laid flowers at a makeshift shrine.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in a Facebook post that the explosion was a “terrorist attack”.

World leaders rallied behind Russia in condemning the blast. US President Donald Trump described it as “a terrible thing” while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was a “barbaric act”, the BBC report said.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said Europe’s thoughts were with the Russian people.

First images from the scene showed a train at Tekhnologichesky Institut station with a hole blown in its side and wounded passengers on the platform.

Initial reports suggested there had been two explosions, one each at Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations.

But the Russian National Anti-Terrorist Committee later confirmed there were only one explosion, between the two stations, at about 2.30 p.m.

(With IANS inputs)