New explosives obtained from a building in Russia's St Petersburg

Jerome Frank
April 11, 2017

Russian investigators on Tuesday said the bomb on the St. Petersburg subway was set off.

Police in the city are on high alert following Monday's explosion that killed the attacker and 13 other people and wounded 55 others.

Dzhalilov himself died in the blast, Interfax news agency quoted RIC spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko as saying.

"Objects relevant to the investigation were found during the search of the apartment where these people lived", the Investigative Committee said.

According to the statement, Dzhalilov left an additional explosive device at a third metro station, which has been defused by investigators.

The building's residents had been evacuated before explosives experts went in to check the site.

An unidentified law enforcement official told the Tass news agency that investigators were checking information that Dzhalilov may have trained with Daesh in Syria.

Thousands of residents of these countries, which sprang from the ruins of the former Soviet Union, are believed to have joined the Islamic State in its strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

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"The suspects had been recruiting Central Asian natives for the Nusra Front and the Islamic State since November 2015".

Authorities said there is no immediate evidence linking the alleged recruiters to the subway bombing.

Six people have been detained in St Petersburg suspected of recruiting for so-called Islamic State (IS) and aiding terrorist activity, investigators say. No one was hurt.

No organisations have yet come forward and said they were responsible for the blast, which also injured 50 people. "We didn't expect to hear such news today", said the woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she feared for her personal safety. 'The country and the entire world share our pain'.

The explosion had taken place in a crowded metro train near St Petersburg which is the historic city centre as Russian President Vladimir Putin was visiting the city. According to reports in Russian Federation, the death toll could have been higher if an additional explosive device that was found had exploded, but it was dismantled upon locating it at the train station.

Sources say he flew in February and returned a completely different man.

Neighbours were moved away and witnesses said three men were led out in handcuffs, the agency said.

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