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Investigators determine the identity of St Petersburg metro bomber

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURussian investigators have determined the identity of the man who detonated an explosive in St Petersburg metro. In the interest of the investigation, the name of this man is not revealed, as reported by Investigation Committee representative Svetlana Petrenko on Tuesday, 4 April.

«Investigation conducted by the Investigation Committee, Interior Affairs Ministry and Federal Security Service has helped determine that the explosive in the metro may have had been detonated by a man whose remains were found in the third cart of the metro train. His identity has been determined as well, but in the interest of the investigation, information about him cannot be revealed at this time,» Petrenko said.

«Investigators continue interviewing witnesses, inspecting the crime scene and observing footage from security cameras. We have a number of examinations planned,» Petrenko said.

Citing newsru.com, Russian Health Protection Minister Veronika Skvortsova has confirmed the latest information about the number of victims – fourteen people. Eleven of them died at the scene of the crime. Three others died shortly after from the wounds sustained in the bombing. 49 people who were injured in the blast are currently hospitalized. Thirteen of them have been released.

Kyrgyzstan’s special services had previously reported that a Kyrgyzstan-born Russian citizen may be behind the bombing.

No one has taken responsibility for the bombing of St Petersburg’s metro so far.

Russian Tourism Operators Association’s CEO Maija Lomidze has announced that no tourists were among the casualties of the bombing. She said that the majority of tourists in St Petersburg are Russian citizens. Foreign tourists usually come to this city closer to the end of April.

Governor of St Petersburg Georgij Poltavchenko has reported that all victims have been identified – three of them are citizens of foreign countries – Belarus, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

On Monday, 3 April, an explosion took place at one of St Petersburg’s metro stations. Ten people were killed and 47 were injured, media report with reference to Russian law enforcement authorities. No children were injured in the blast.

Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee has confirmed that the blast took place on the so-called blue line at Sadovaya station.

Later information was reported that another explosive was found at the Revolution Square station. This information was later confirmed by Russian authorities, who added that the second explosive was successfully neutralized.

The city’s entire metro system was closed off and all people evacuated shortly after the incident.

Flowers and candles were brought to the Russian embassy in Riga, Latvia, on 4 April to commemorate the victims of the bombing in St Petersburg.

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