A nail bomb detonated inside a train by what it’s believed to be an Islamist suicide bomber killed 11 people and injured dozens in St. Petersburg, Russia .
The terrorist (s?) also planted a second explosive device (disguised as a fire extinguisher) in a nearby train station but Russian security forces managed to defuse it in the nick of time. The Russian police issued a CCTV capture of the supposed Islamist suicide bomber who is now believed to have had links with radical Chechen terrorists.
Nobody has claimed responsibility for the heinous act but previous attacks of this kind were blamed by Russian authorities on Chechens and ISIS.
However, the bearded man who was identified by the security cameras has handed himself to the police and claims that he’s innocent, making the situation even more complicated. He’s currently being interrogated and put through a lie detector test.
The horrific terrorist attack took place between Sennaya Ploshchad and Sadovaya train stations and besides the 11 casualties, over 40 people were injured, including children.
President Putin said:
‘I have already spoken to the head of our special services, they are working to ascertain the cause of the blasts.
‘The causes are not clear, it’s too early. We will look at all possible causes, terrorism as well as common crime.’
According to Interfax, a briefcase containing the explosive device was left inside the metro carriage. The respective device was an IED filled with shrapnel/nails. The entire transit system was shut down.
Asked by a reporter about the St. Petersburg subway attack, President Trump said:
Trump on Russia subway explosions: “Terrible. Terrible thing. Happening all over the world. Absolutely a terrible thing.” pic.twitter.com/sv3YyG9pJe
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) April 3, 2017