ST. PETERSBURG — A 22-year-old man who held Russian citizenship but came from the restive Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan was identified Tuesday as the bomber who set off a deadly blast that ripped through a St. Petersburg metro car.
The confirmation by Russian authorities followed reports from the state security service of Kyrgyzstan that identified Akbarzhon Dzhalilov as the suspect in Monday’s blast, which killed at least 14 people and left dozens injured in Russia’s second-largest city.
In previous reports, Russia’s powerful Investigative Committee had called the attack a suicide bombing and said it had identified Dzhalilov by analysis of genetic material found at the attack site. The agency did not say whether Dzhalilov had died in the bombing, however.
Officials in Kyrgyzstan said Dzhalilov came from the city of Osh, which has been the scene of bloody ethnic conflicts and the growth of Islamist militant movements since the Soviet Union began disintegrating three decades ago.
Russia’s Investigative Committee, which holds sweeping law enforcement powers, said Dzhalilov was identified from genetic material found at the site of the attack and on a second bomb that was defused by law enforcement. Dzhalilov was also seen on security cameras in the metro, investigators said….