Hawzah News Agency (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) - A spokesman for Kyrgyzstan’s security services identified the suspect as “a Kyrgyz national Akbarjon Djalilov... born in 1995,” AFP reported.
“It is probable that he acquired Russian nationality,” the source added.
The Russian Investigative Committee said it was investigating an “act of terror,” but added it would look into all other possible causes of the explosion, which killed 14 and injured almost 50 others.
The blast ripped through a subway train traveling between St. Petersburg’s Sennaya Ploshad and Technological Institute stations. The Kremlin has stated that the incident has “all the hallmarks of an attack.”
Following the blast, the city’s metro system was closed down as police found and defused another explosive device in another station.
The deadly incident has been met with reactions from world countries and organizations.
‘Global will needed to end terror’
Condemning the attack, Iran reiterated calls to form a serious international coalition for battling terrorism.
“We believe that the only way to stop these terrible atrocities is to cut them off by the roots; the only way to do this is through serious will of all international governments and organizations,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi.
Hezbollah condemns attack
Separately, the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah also condemned the terrorist explosion in Saint Petersburg. In a Monday statement, Hezbollah said the attack was further reason for world countries to unite in their efforts to confront the terrorists and their financial and ideological sources.
It said the attack would not dent Russia’s determination to fight terror.
United Nations slams deadly Russia blast
Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has condemned the attacks, stressing that those behind it must be held accountable.
“The secretary general condemns today's bombing in the St. Petersburg metro," said the UN chief’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
"He extends his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and the people of the Russian Federation…Those responsible for this appalling act must be held accountable," he added.
The UN Security Council also slammed the bombing as a "barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack."
Extremists linked to bombing attack
According to the Interfax news agency, a police official said that the assailant had links to outlawed extremist groups.
He noted that the suspect was probably a 23-year-old man with central Asian heritage, but final conclusions would be made after DNA tests are carried out on the remains at the site.
A man who was earlier thought to have a role in the incident based on security camera footage has presented himself to the police claiming his innocence.