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Islamist suicide bomber’s dismembered body is found: Former sushi chef from Kyrgyzstan ‘who didn’t say his prayers’ is named as terrorist who murdered 14 as Kremlin calls St Petersburg train massacre a ‘challenge to Putin’

A former sushi chef from Kyrgyzstan has been named as the suicide bomber who murdered 14 and injured 50 in the St Petersburg train massacre.

Russian citizen Akbarzhon Jalilov, 22, who was born in Kyrgyzstan, has been named by security services as the suspected bomber who also planted a second device hidden in a fire extinguisher that failed to explode.

Kremlin officials said parts of the attacker’s body had been found at the scene a day after a train was blown up between Sennaya Ploshchad and Sadovaya metro stations in Russia’s second city.

CCTV images of the suspect have been released, showing him in a red Parka jacket, carrying a rucksack on his back through the Metro while further images shows him walking along the street with both his fists clenched – potentially because he was clutching the trigger for his bomb. Police believe he has close links to radical Islamists.

A former friend, Ali Matkarimov, today said Jalilov – who was named by Kyrgyzstan officials – was once a sushi maker and was ‘not even saying his prayers’ when the pair worked together in the city in 2013.

The Kremlin today described the attack as a ‘challenge’ to Vladimir Putin adding that it was ‘noteworthy’ that it happened while the Russian President was in the city.

As hundreds gathered to mourn the dead this morning, the city’s transport bosses reopened four stations which had been shut down following an anonymous call warning of another attack.

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Suspected bomber: Russian citizen Akbarzhon Jalilov, 22, left, who was born in Kyrgyzstan, has been named by security services as the suspected bomber who also planted a second device that failed to explode. CCTV images of the suspect (right) have been released and shows him in a red Parka jacket and carrying a rucksack

Former sushi chef Akbarzhon Jalilov (pictured) from Kyrgyzstan has been named as the suicide bomber who murdered 14 and injured 50 in the St Petersburg train massacre

A former friend, Ali Matkarimov, today said Jalilov (pictured) – who was named by Kyrgyzstan officials – was once a sushi maker and was ‘not even saying his prayers’ when the pair worked together in the city in 2013

This is believed to be the bomber in a red Parka jacket, wearing glasses and a dark green beanie hat and carrying a rucksack on his back – surrounded by unsuspecting Metro users An explosion on the metro in St Petersburg has ripped through a train carriage causing carnage as the door is completely blown out Shocking: The horrifying pictures show bodies, blood wreckage and debris strewn across the carriage of the train, which was hit by the blast while travelling between Sennaya Ploshchad and Sadovaya metro stations. 14 people were murdered Hundreds gathered to place flowers outside a St Petersburg metro station to honour the 14 people killed in Monday’s devastating suicide bombing Mourning: A woman lays flowers in Victory Square in memory of the St Petersburg Metro explosion victims this morning Kyrgyzstan, a predominantly Muslim nation of six million, is a close political ally of the Kremlin and even hosts a Russian military airbase. But this morning it emerged that Akbarzhon Jalilov, the man suspected of being behind the St Petersburg massacre, was born in the Central Asian country

Jalilov’s home country of Kyrgyzstan, which borders Kazakhstan and China in central Asia, is predominately Muslim and has seen up to 500 citizens travel to Syria to join ISIS.

Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev were also born there. It was the last of the Soviet republics to declare independence in 1991.

The death toll from the atrocity was raised to 14 this morning. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the explosion, but previous attacks on Russia have been blamed on ISIS and Chechens.

Despite initially issuing search warrants for two suspected terrorists, authorities believe the suspected bomber was behind the attack and also have intelligence to suggest he planted a second explosive device – disguised as a fire extinguisher – which was found and defused at a nearby station.

Kyrgyzstan, where Jalilov is originally from, is a predominantly Muslim Central Asian nation of six million, is Russia’s close political ally and hosts a Russian military airbase.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, heads an emergency meeting at the Federal Security Service local headquarters in St Petersburg last night Russian President Vladimir Putin has laid flowers in tribute to the victims of the St Petersburg bomb attack Several media outlets in Russia identified this man as the suspected terrorist who killed 14 people in St Petersburg – but it appears this was incorrect A man crawls away from the train as bloodied passengers attempt to save those injured in the subway in St Petersburg, Russia Horrific: The St Petersburg metro train was ripped apart after a nail bomb exploded inside yesterday – 50 were injured by the nail bomb A woman crouches over a man who has been injured in the blast as they are surrounded by carnage and blood Another CCTV image shows the suspected bomber walking along the street with both his fists clenched – perhaps hiding a trigger

Rakhat Sulaymanov, the spokesman for the country’s secret service, said: ‘It was established, that the suspect in this act of terror was born in our republic.’

He named him as Akbarjon Djalilov, who was born in 1995 and has ‘probably ‘acquired Russian nationality,’ he said.

The Kazakhstan authorities also reported they are aiding Russian law enforcement.

Russia’s state investigative committee said today that the blast was caused by a bomb that had possibly been detonated by a man whose body parts were found in one of the train carriages.

‘It has been ascertained that an explosive device could have been detonated by a man, fragments of whose body were found in the third carriage of the train,’ the committee said. ‘The man has been identified but his identity will not be disclosed for now in the interests of the investigation.’

A Kremlin spokesman said intelligence agencies will look into the fact that the explosion happened while Putin was in town.

Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday that the fact that Putin was in the city when the bomb went off, although several dozen miles away from where he was hosting talks, ‘makes one pause’ and is ‘something for the intelligence agencies to analyse.

Security has been intensified around Russia, said reports. Thousands of policemen and FSB in civil clothes have been deployed in St Petersburg’s shopping centres, railway stations, airports – and other areas with crowds of people, reported Life.ru. They have been issued with pictures of two suspected terrorists.

An FSB source said: ‘Pictures of the terrorist were passed to border control and check points in the regions of Leningrad, Murmansk, Pskov, and the Republic of Karelia.’

These regions have borders with Finland, Norway, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

‘Not only police squads but military units in all regional centres are on the highest alert,’ said a police source.

‘All regional police stations are ordered to work through every private house in their area.’

Bloodied passengers were left strewn across the platform in the Russian city as emergency services scrambled to save those wounded by the bomb and the resulting shards of glass and twisted metal.

St Petersburg resident Leonid Chaika, who said he was at the station where the blast happened, said: ‘I saw a lot of smoke, a crowd making its way to the escalators, people with blood and other people’s insides on their clothes, bloody faces. Many were crying.’

A woman who was near the explosion said: ‘People were lying down, all black, scary, with a horrible smell of burned flesh.’

Another woman, named only as Polina, said: ‘There was a deafening bang, then a strong smell and smoke.

‘People were pressed against each other. Two women immediately fell unconscious. Everything happened on the move, the train didn’t stop.’

She said that when the train finally pulled into the station, she ‘saw that the neighbouring carriage was mangled, windows were broken, there was no light and there was blood’.

Yesterday several Russian media outlets released the CCTV pictures of a bearded suspect, who was wearing a long, black top and a hat, blamed for causing the carnage.

A man was seen on the ground on the platform after a bomb blast ripped through a metro carriage in the city of St Petersburg An injured passenger is helped by emergency services outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, following an explosion in atrain carriage at a metro station in St. Petersburg A second bomb, disguised as a fire extinguisher and packed with ball-bearings, was found and defused at a nearby station

Last night, it emerged that the bearded man who was identified on CCTV as the main suspect, handed himself in to police and insists he is innocent. Detectives are putting the man through a lie detector test.

Meanwhile, a video has appeared online showing passengers on the metro jumping out of the windows of the train after the explosion.

A girl can be heard screaming ‘mama’ – Russian for mother – while people can be seen lying on the platform covered in blood.

This morning, the Russian imperial capital was beginning the first of three days of mourning and Russian tricolour flags flew at half mast throughout the city to honour the dead.

Flowers and candles piled up at an impromptu memorial outside the metro station hit by the attack as authorities beefed up security on the city’s busy underground transport system.

Commuters began their daily trip to work under an anxious cloud after Monday’s bombing that closed down the entire metro system that is seen as the lifeblood of the city.

Today, the driver of the subway train involved in the attack appeared in front of reporters looking tired but not visibly shaken by the events of the previous day.

Alexander Kavernin, 50, who has worked on the subway for 14 years said he heard the sound of a blast while his train was running, called security and carried on to the station as the emergency instructions prescribe.

‘I had no time to think about fear at that moment,’ he said.

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.

Vladimir Putin was in his hometown of St Petersburg for talks when the blast happened.

The Kremlin leader, who wanted to visit the scene in the aftermath of the attack but was held back by security services, 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.’

He was pictured last night laying flowers outside Tekhnologicheskiy Institut metro station in St Petersburg.

US President Donald Trump described the deadly bomb blast as an ‘absolutely terrible thing’ that is ‘happening all over the world’ before a working lunch with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Russian trains and planes have been targeted repeatedly by Islamic militants.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied earlier speculation that President Putin was due to pass by the Sennaya Metro station around the time of the blast.

A witnesses told Russia’s Life News: ‘People were bleeding, their hair burned. We were told to move to the exit, because the movement stopped. People just fled.

‘My girlfriend was in the next car that exploded. She said that he began to shake. When she came out, she saw that people were mutilated.’

A male eyewitness said: ‘It’s just like a war here. Every special service is here, the FSB, police, and multiple – really a lot of them – ambulances.

‘I don’t think I’ve ever seen to many paramedics in my life. Something completely horrible is happening here.’

Eight bodies were recovered from the carriage while two more were found on the platform or were in the tunnel.

Earlier reports indicated a backpack had been thrown onto the train and witnesses also suggested there had been multiple explosions, but officials confirmed just the one blast.

Russian security agencies did find an explosive device at a different metro station in central St Petersburg and made it safe, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said in a statement.

The device was found at the Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station, a different location from where a blast earlier took place.

Other witnesses also described a man leaving a briefcase on one carriage before moving to another just seconds before the huge explosion.

As reports of the suspected terror attack trickled through to the capital, Moscow heightened its security and local reports suggest three metro stations – Nagatinskaja, Savelovskaya and Ugrezhskaya (CIP) – were cordoned off due to suspicious packages.

The Life News website showed pictures of blown-out train doors and several injured people on the station platform.

Polina, who was in the carriage next to the where explosion erupted, said: ‘There was quite a lot of people in the carriage: everyone was sitting, some were standing.

‘The explosion occurred between Sennaya and Technological Institute stations.

‘There was a deafening boom, and then a strong odour and smoke.

‘We immediately went to another end of the car. It was very crowded.

‘Everything was happening on the move, the train didn’t stop. At Technological Institute everyone got off.’

‘We saw that the next car was torn apart, windows were broken, no lights, blood.

‘People were dragged out of it, some were carried, some were walking with support.

‘There was a lot of injured. I don’t know if there were dead, we left in about two minutes.’

A subway worker who asked not to be named told local press: ‘The second carriage exploded.

Anna, who was at the station at the moment of explosion: ‘People were lying down, all black, scary, with a horrible smell of burned flesh.’

Another eyewitness said: ‘Everyone was ready for death in the metro carriage.

‘After the explosion everyone was waiting for the consequences. Then we were taken out, people started helping each other, walking others out, most of them were in blood.’

St Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city with more than five million residents, is the country’s most popular tourist destination.

The Foreign Office currently warns of ‘a high threat from terrorism’ in Russia, and says ‘further attacks are likely’. Russia has a history of attacks on public transport. In 2013, two bomb blasts in two days in the south-western city of Volgograd left more than 30 people dead and 62 needing hospital treatment.

Three years earlier, at least 38 people died in a double suicide bombing on the Moscow metro.

And in 2009, a bomb exploded on a high-speed train between Moscow and St Petersburg, killing 27 and injuring another 130.

All the attacks were claimed by Islamist groups.

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