St. Petersburg blast suspect “a 23-year-old Kyrgyz native”

Apr 04, 2017, 5:57 AM EDT
Emergency services rushed to Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, St. Petersburg, Russia after the blast.
(Source: Lê Thanh Sang/flickr)

A deadly blast, which left 14 people dead and about 49 others injured in a St. Petersburg train carriage on Monday, was carried out by a Kyrgyzstan-born Russian citizen, said the security services from the Central Asian country. Although no group claimed immediate responsibility, a section of Russian society believes the strike avenges Moscow’s military intervention in Syria.

Moscow, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad, has faced repeated threats from Islamic State since it joined the Syrian war in September 2015, writes The Guardian.

 As the Russian agencies probe the strike, conflicting reports emerged as to whether it was a suicide bombing, notes the BBC. The security services also discovered and defused an explosive device at another station, Ploshchad Vosstaniya; while news agency, Tass, claimed that a woman assailant was also involved, pointing at the coordinated nature of the assault.