Russian police check suspicious object in St. Petersburg

Russian police check suspicious object in St. Petersburg

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Russian trains and planes have often been targeted by Islamist militants.

Meanwhile, the law enforcement agencies said Akbarzhon Jalilov, who is suspected of carrying out the attack, had a clean record.

Khasiyev rushed across St. Petersburg to find his father covered in blood and soot.

Russia's state investigative committee, a body with sweeping powers that is looking into the bomber's background, said in a statement it was looking into the backgrounds of people it suspected of being accomplices.

The impoverished, predominantly Muslim countries in Central Asia are seen as fertile ground for Islamic extremists, and thousands of their residents are believed to have joined IS in Syria and Iraq.

Veronika Skvortsova said in a televised briefing on Tuesday that 11 people died on the spot, one died in an ambulance and two at the hospital. A bomb blast tore through a subway train deep under Russia's second-largest city St. Petersburg Monday, killing several people and wounding many more in a chaotic scene that left victims sprawled on a smoky platform. The wounded included citizens of Belarus, Latvia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, he said, as well as Ukrainians from the embattled eastern region of Donetsk. A search of the suspects' homes had turned up objects that were important for the investigation, it said.

Russian security agents have arrested three people suspected of links to a suicide bomber accused of attacking the St. Petersburg subway. He went home once or twice a year to visit his mother and younger brother and sister, who had stayed behind.

"He had no criminal record and had never been on law enforcement's radar".

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The entire subway system in this city of 5 million was shut down and evacuated before partial service resumed six hours later.

St. Petersburg, like Moscow, is home to a large diaspora of Central Asian migrants who flee poverty and unemployment in their home countries for jobs in Russian Federation.

Monday's explosion occurred as the train traveled between stations on one of the city's north-south lines.

"First, I was really scared", said Viktoria Prishchepova who did take the subway on Tuesday. "Everyone was calling their loved ones yesterday, checking if they were OK and how everyone was going to get home". The driver appeared in front of reporters on Tuesday looking exhausted but not visibly shaken by the events of the previous day. The driver continued to the next station. "I do not believe that this boy could do something wrong", she said.

The Federal Security Service, the main KGB successor agency, said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies that its experts defused a self-made explosive device at the apartment.

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.

The decision to keep moving was praised by authorities as aiding evacuation efforts and reducing the danger to passengers who would have had to walk along the electrified tracks.

Information for this article was contributed by Ivan Nechepurenko, Neil MacFarquhar and Oleg Matsnev of The New York Times and by Irina Titova and Nataliya Vasilyeva of The Associated Press.

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