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2017 Saint Petersburg Russia Metro Subway Attack

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April 3, 2017 2017 Saint Petersburg Russia Metro Subway Attack terror: Islamist suicide bomb motive: unclear suspect: killed The 2017 Saint Petersburg Metro attack was an apparent Islamist suicide suitcase bomb explosion that took place on on a Saint Petersburg Metro train in Russia. The Independent reported that some supporters of ISIL on unnamed internet forums linked the attack to Russia's support of Bashar al-Assad. Fragmented remains were found at the scene of the blast of the suspect who was identified by Kyrgyzstan and Russian intelligence services as Akbarzhon Jalilov a Muslim who is an ethnic Uzbek 22 year-old central Asia Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen. He is believed by authorities to have ties to radical Islamic groups. Islam is followed by  90% of Uzbekistan, while Kyrgystan has become a hotbed of radicalized Islamists. In previous attacks on trains, former Russian soldier and one of a number of notorious ethnic Russians who converted to Islam and radicalized Pavel Pavlovich Kosolapov was called Russia's "Bin Laden" was the mastermind of the previous February 2004 Moscow Metro bombing2007 Nevsky Express bombing and suspected in the 2009 Nevsky Express bombing.[3]

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2017 Saint Petersburg Metro bombing - Wikipedia
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Jump to Attack - ... train travelling through a tunnel between the Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations of the Saint Petersburg Metro. The suspected perpetrator was named as Akbarzhon Jalilov, a Russian citizen who was an ethnic Uzbek born in Kyrgyzstan, which is dominated by a Turkic languages, and most are non-denominational Muslims.

2017 Saint Petersburg Metro bombing - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Saint_Petersburg_Metro_attack

On 3 April 2017, a terrorist attack using an explosive device took place on the Saint Petersburg Metro between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations. Seven people were initially reported to have died, and seven more died later from their injuries, bringing the total to 14.[4][5][6][7][8]
At least 45 others were injured in the incident.[9][10][11] The explosive device was contained in a briefcase.[9] A second explosive device was found and defused at Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station.[7] The suspected perpetrator was named as Akbarzhon Jalilov, a Russian citizen who was an ethnic Uzbek born in Kyrgyzstan.[12]

Background[edit]

Prior to the attack, Chechen separatists had been responsible for several terrorist attacks in Russia. In 2016, ISIS had plotted to target St. Petersburg due to Russia's military involvement in Syria, resulting in arrests.[13] No subway system in Russia had been bombed for seven years, since the 2010 Moscow Metro bombings.[14]
ISIS propaganda was being circulated prior to this incident. It encouraged supporters to launch strikes on Moscow. ISIS propaganda showed bullet holes through Putin's head and a poster circulated before the attack of a falling Kremlin and included the message "We Will Burn Russia."[15]
Vladimir Putin was visiting Saint Petersburg, where he was born, on the day of the attack.[15]

Attack[edit]


Location of the of the two stations and the tunnel in the Saint Petersburg Metro where the explosion occurred
On 3 April 2017, a device containing 200–300 grams (0.44–0.66 lb) of explosives detonated on a train travelling through a tunnel between the Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations of the Saint Petersburg Metro.[9][16][17]According to a statement from the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the bomb was detonated on the third carriage of the train.[18] Eyewitnesses said the blast occurred near the door. Immediately after the explosion, smoke filled the platform. Video from social media showed multiple victims on the platform and a metal door twisted by the force of the blast.[18]Following reports of the explosion, all metro stations in Saint Petersburg were quickly closed.[9][11] In the late evening, metro services were resumed on Lines 34, and 5.[7]
A second bomb was discovered and disarmed at Ploshchad Vosstaniya station.[19] The device had ball bearings, screws, and shrapnel[20] and was hidden within a fire extinguisher containing an equivalent of about 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) of TNT.[21]Jalilov's DNA was found on a bag which contained the extinguisher,[22] suggesting that he intentionally left this bag inside a carriage as witnessed by some passengers.[18][7]

Aftermath[edit]

Security was heightened after the attack. Metal detectors, installed countrywide following the site of another attack seven years previously, were all put into use; they had not been in use for several years. The Moscow Metro security department said they were ready to assist the Saint Petersburg Metro in case of any help.[23] Local media reported that authorities had found suspicious packages in three Moscow metro stations, Nagatinskaja, Savelovskaya and Ugrezhskaya (CIP). Authorities later cordoned off the area.[18] The security of Pulkovo International Airport was also heightened in response to the blast.[18] A possible suspect was sighted on Metro surveillance cameras, according to unconfirmed reports.[7] The Investigative Committee of Russia said the train operator's decision to drive it to the next station helped to avoid an even higher number of casualties.
There has so far been no claim of responsibility for the attack.[24] At 16:30 local time (13:30 UTC) on 3 April 2017, the attack was recognised as an "act of terrorism" by the Investigative Committee.[25]
After the attack, dozens of taxi drivers and users of ride sharing services such as Uber and Gett started driving people free of charge in the area of the Saint Petersburg Ring Road, due to the whole metro system being closed and other means of public transportation overwhelmed by passengers; other drivers encouraged hitchhiking.[1]

Migrant concerns[edit]

After the attack the bomber was identified as a Kyrgyz-born Uzbek migrant there was an unconfirmed report of Russian police entering a cinema and removing non-Slavic looking people.[26] There was also a report of police checking passports of citizens of Kyrgyzstan and that "people from Central Asia [were] considered of particular concern." Kyrgyz and Uzbek migrants began to call their respective embassies for fear of losing jobs and residency.[26]

Casualties[edit]

Victims by nationality
CountryDead
 Russia[27][28][29]4
 Kazakhstan[30][31][32]1
 Azerbaijan[33][34]1
 Belarus[35][31]1
 Uzbekistan[35][31]1
 Tajikistan[35][31]1
Unknown5
Total14
As reported by the Russian Ministry of Health, approximately 50 people were injured, of whom 14 died (seven during the attack, seven later from their injuries).[36][37][38] Thirty-nine people were hospitalised, of whom six had critical injuries.[38] Children were among those injured.[6]

Perpetrator[edit]

The suspected perpetrator behind the attacks was identified by Kyrgyzstan and Russian intelligence services as Akbarzhon Jalilov (sometimes spelled Akbarjon Djalilov), an ethnic Uzbek[39][40][41] 22 year-old Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen.[22][42][43] Jalilov was born in 1995 in OshKyrgyzstan, and arrived in Moscow around 2011.[42] According to Russian newspaper Moskovskij KomsomoletsGazeta.ru reported he had worked as a cook at a sushi bar in 2015,[18][44] while other sources claimed Jalilov had worked in a garage before disappearing weeks prior to the attack.[18] Interfax said authorities believe he had ties to radical Islamic groups.[45]

Initial reports[edit]

Authorities immediately released CCTV images of two people, one walking wearing a red parka jacket carrying a rucksack and the other sitting with a beard and a skullcap. On 3 April 2017, investigators said they believed the attack was a suicide bombing and identified a Central Asian as the suspected perpetrator.[46] Some reports initially misidentified the suspect as a 22-year-old from Kazakhstan who was an IT student at St. Petersburg State University of Economics. He had been reported missing.[47][48] This individual was later correctly identified as a victim of the attack.[49][50] The suspect was later identified as a 23-year-old native of Kyrgyzstan with Russian citizenship and with links to international militant groups.[46][51] The man with a beard wearing a skullcap contacted police to clear his name. Interfax later said only one person was involved.[52][46] The man with the beard turned out to be a former paratrooper from Bashkortostan.[26]

Reactions[edit]

Domestic[edit]


Russian President Vladimir Putin laying flowers at the metro station

Kursants marching down the streets of Saint Petersburg after the metro bombing.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was in the city when the attack happened and pledged a thorough investigation. During an unrelated meeting with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, Putin said they are "considering all possible causes, including terrorism." He later visited the area of the attack, which was prohibited by the Federal Protective Service due to security concerns. This information was later denied by RIA Novosti.[18][9][11] His statement was followed by Lukashenko expressing his sadness over the bombing.[11] Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin expressed his condolences to the victims of the attack and ordered the strengthening of security measures around the capital's transport infrastructure, according to the Mayor's and city government's Press Secretary Gulnara Penkova.[7] Head of the Ministry of Health Veronika Skvortsova instructed federal doctors to help doctors in St. Petersburg to assist the victims.[18]
The Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov called for the identification and punishment of the perpetrators.[7]
The All-Russian Union of Insurers said relatives of the victims will be able to receive 2.025 million rubles.[18]
A makeshift memorial was made to honour the victims of the bombing. Saint Petersburg declared three days of mourning in response to the attack. Mayor Georgi Poltavchenko, Governor of Leningrad Alexander Drozdenko, and Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the site and laid flowers to pay respect.[18]

International[edit]

Condolences and sympathies for those affected were offered by several international figures, including representatives of Algeria,[53] China,[54] the Czech Republic,[55] Denmark,[56] Finland,[57] France,[58] Georgia,[59] Hungary,[60][61] India,[54]Indonesia,[62] Iran,[7] Israel,[63] Japan,[64] Laos,[65] Malaysia,[54] Pakistan,[54] Poland,[66][67] Portugal,[68] Singapore,[69]Thailand,[70] Ukraine,[71] the United Kingdom, the United States, Vietnam,[72] NATO, and the European Union.[58]
Ukraine tightened security around its metro stations in fear of an attack.[73]

Other reactions[edit]

Tel Aviv city hall building was lit with the colours of the Russian flag. In Brussels, where a similar attack took place a year earlier, the ING Marnix building near the Throne metro station was also decorated with a moving Russian flag animation.[74]
The Independent reported that some supporters of ISIL on unnamed internet forums linked the attack to Russia's support of Bashar al-Assad, and shared photos and video of people injured and killed by the blast.[19]

See also[edit]

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2017 Saint Petersburg Metro attack - Wikipedia mobile  The 2017 Saint Petersburg Metro attack was an explosion that took place on 3 April 2017 on a Saint Petersburg Metro train between Sennaya Ploshchad and ...


Probable Islamist 2009 Nevsky Express bombing - Wikipedia   main suspect, Pavel Kosolapov, is a former Russian soldier who converted to Islam in the 1990s and joined the mujahideen. Russian security agency he was the main organizer of the February 2004 Moscow Metro bombing2007 Nevsky Express bombing and many smaller terrorist acts in SamaraVoronesh and Moscow Oblast.[1][2] and main suspect in the the 2009 Nevsky Express bombing  [3] 
The 2009 Nevsky Express bombing occurred on 27 November 2009 when a bomb exploded under a high speed train travelling between the Russian cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg ... government confirmed that the accident was caused by terrorists, making this attack Russia's deadliest outside the North Caucasus region since the 2004 Russian aircraft bombings.[19]Responsibility for the attack had first been claimed by far-right nationalists,[25] then by the "Caucasian Mujahadeen" on orders from Dokka Umarov, who is considered to be "the leader of the Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus."[26] The attack was claimed to have been part of a series of attacks planned to Russian infrastructure.[26] Vladimir Yakunin, the head of Russian railways, noted similarities between this attack and the 2007 Nevsky Express bombing, though responsibility for the 2009 attack is yet to be confirmed.[26] Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov expressed doubts about Umarov's direct involvement, saying it may have been an attempt for him to "raise his standing in the eyes of his foreign backers".[27]...
Pavel Pavlovich Kosolapov is an alleged ethnic Russian islamic terrorist sometimes referenced as "Russian Bin Laden" is an alleged ethnic Russian islamic terrorist sometimes referenced as "Russian Bin Laden".[1] According to Russian security agency he was the main organizer of the February 2004 Moscow Metro bombing, 2007 Nevsky Express bombing and many smaller terrorist acts in Samara, Voronesh and Moscow Oblast.[1][2] According to some versions he is also responsible for the 2009 Nevsky Express bombing.[3]
FrontPage Mag: Terror Wave in Russia - Jihad Watch  Dec 31, 2013 On November 27, 2009, jihadists murdered 27 people with a bomb planted under the Nevsky Express train between Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Then in March 2010, Islamic jihad/martyrdom suicide bombers murdered 39 people on the Moscow subway. In February 2011, another jihad/martyrdom suicide bomber murdered 36 people at Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow.
RUSSIA: JIHAD, TERROR, TENSIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES - EA ...
www.ea.org.au in December 2001, al-Qaeda deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri identified Afghanistan and Chechnya as key to the jihadist cause. Regarding Chechnya, he noted that control of the North Caucasus would give al- Qaeda's Sunni jihadists a 'mujahid Islamic belt' from the Mediterranean through Turkey and the pan-Turkic regions of the Black and Caspian Seas into Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as Xingjiang in western China.  Terrorism has surged across the North Caucasus this year, particularly in Ingushetia (see RLPB 030, 11 Nov 2009), doubtless being energised by the Taliban - al-Qaeda ascendency in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In May  2009 Dokka Abu Usman, the self-proclaimed 'Emir of Mujahideen of Caucasus Emirate', declared, 'This year will be our offensive year. ... the Moscow - St Petersburg railway line, which derailed the Nevsky Express and killed ... On the night of 27 November terrorists sabotaged the busy railway line between Moscow and St Petersburg, derailing the luxury Nevsky Express, killing at least 26 and wounding around 100. The main suspect, Pavel Kosolapov, is a former Russian soldier who converted to Islam in the 1990s and joined the mujahideen.
Former soldier suspected of train bombing | The Independent  Nov 30, 2009 Russian authorities suspect a former Russian soldier of being behind Friday's train derailment which killed at least 25 people and injured around 100. According to news reports yesterday, the Russian security services have marked Pavel Kosolapov, a Russian soldier turned Islamic militant, as one of the top suspects in the train derailment, which appears to have been caused by a bomb.  Little is known about Mr Kosolapov, and there is only one grainy photograph of him in public circulation. He is believed to have converted to Islam during the 1990s and become a close associate of Shamil Basayev, the terrorist mastermind behind the Beslan school siege, who was finally killed by Russian forces in 2006.  Mr Kosolapov is wanted in connection with a bomb incident that took place on the same line and derailed a similar Nevsky Express train two years ago. On that occasion, nobody was killed. Rebel leader threatens more 'jihad' to follow airport bombing - CNN.com
www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/02/08/russia.airport.bombing/
Feb 8, 2011 - NEW: Caucasus Emirate has also declared jihad on the U.S., UK, and Israel ... is the head of the Caucasus Emirate, a Chechen Islamic jihadist group. ... and the Caucasus region," including the 2009Nevsky Express train ...

Russia: The terrorist bombing of the Nevsky Express train | Global ...
www.globalresearch.ca/russia-the-terrorist-bombing-of-the-nevsky-express.../16353Dec 2, 2009 - Russia: The terrorist bombing of the Nevsky Express train ... But the main suspect, a former Russian soldier-turned-Islamic-extremist, Pavel Kosolapov, ... tended to head for Afghanistan, or somewhere else, to wage jihad.

2010 Moscow Metro bombings - Wikipedia
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Saint Petersburg Metro. Part of the First Chechen War, War of Dagestan, Second Chechen War and the Insurgency in the North Caucasus. The 2010 Moscow Metro bombings were suicide bombings carried out by two women during ... The bombings were the latest in a series of attacks in Russia since 1994, many attributed ...




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Russia metro explosion: Did ISIS hatch a terror plot two years back targeting public transport system? target of attacks by Chechen militants in past with rebel leaders frequently threatening further attacks. Chechnya is a predominantly Muslim region in the southern part of the country where an Islamic insurgency still rages despite having two separatist wars. Significantly, Russian security officials had released details of a group two years back who were suspected of hatching a similar attack in the capital with the support from the Islamic State group...CBS News report published in 2015, security officials had said that the suspects had planned a terror attack on Moscow’s public transport system. Monday, April 3, 2017 april 4, 2017 St Petersburg Metro explosion: Russian investigators believe suicide ...www.telegraph.co.uk It came as Russian investigators said on Tuesday morning that a suicide bomber is believed to have been behind the blast. Kyrgyzstan, a ...


Russian metro bomb suspect a Muslim born in central Asia - Reuterswww.reuters.com/article/us-russia-blast-metro-suspect-kyrgyzstan-idUSKBN1760EJ2 days ago - A Russian suicide bomber originally from mainly Muslim Kyrgyzstan ... Kyrgyz officials identified the suspect as Akbarzhon Jalilov, born in the ...

Russia attack: St. Petersburg metro blast a 'suicide bombing' - NN.com The St. Petersburg metro attack was carried out by a suicide bomber, the KyrgyzForeign Minister has said.

Suicide bomber behind St. Petersburg subway explosion, Russian ...https://www.thestar.com › News › World Kyrgyzstan's intelligence agency says Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, aged 21 or 22, has been identified as the suspect ...Russia metro attack staged by Kyrgyz suicide bomber ... - Times of India A suicide bomber from Kyrgyzstan was behind the explosion that killed 11 people and injured dozens more in the Saint Petersburg metro, ...
Russia probes metro bomber as dead mourned | The Japan Times
www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/04/05/.../russia-probes-metro-bomber-dead-mourned/1 day ago - Russia on Wednesday probed the potential motives of the alleged ... Dzhalilov's fragmented remains were found at the scene of the blast, but it remains unclear whether he was included in the official death toll of the attack.
t. Petersburg Suicide Bomber Identified As 22-Year-Old Kyrgyz Native Motive Unclear Kyrgyzstan native Akbarzhon ... Dzhalilov's motives remain unclear and while Islam has not been mentioned yet as a factor behind the terrorist attack, the suspect was born in a hotspot breeding ground for jihad the Washington Times notes. “Regarding the link with Islamic radicalism, we have to wait to know more until the investigation yields its full results,”... Dzhalilov hailed from Osh, a volatile region of Kyrgyzstan known for ethnic conflicts and home-grown jihadi plots..... known as a breeding ground for extremism in Central Asia.” It is unclear if Dzhalilov had been radicalized.
Russia attack: St. Petersburg blast a 'suicide bombing' - CNN.com The St. Petersburg metro attack was carried out by a suicide bomber ... Kyrgyzstan is aMuslim-majority nation in Central Asia of around six ...
Suicide bomber from Kyrgyzstan blamed for Metro attack | News | The Times UK He was said to have links to Islamist extremism. The terrorist ...