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Russia blast: Passengers leap from wreckage
00:57 - Source: CNN
Moscow CNN  — 

Monday’s deadly St. Petersburg metro attack was carried out by a suicide bomber originally from the central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan, authorities said.

The Russian Investigative Committee said the bomber was Akbarjon Djalilov, 22, identified earlier by Kyrgyz authorities as a Russian national born in Kyrgyzstan.

Investigators matched Djalilov’s DNA to a bomb left at a second metro station that was defused by authorities, the committee said.

The Russian health ministry on Tuesday raised the number of dead from 11 to 14. It was unclear whether that number included the attacker. Four of the dozens of people injured are in critical condition, Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said, according to state-run TASS.

Key developments

  • Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev described the blast as a “terrorist act.”
  • Train driver praised for actions that likely saved lives.
  • President Vladimir Putin was in St. Petersburg earlier on the day of the attack.
  • Flowers and tributes laid at memorials Tuesday as three-day period of mourning began.
  • Some metro stations reopened after a complete network shutdown.
A woman pays her respects at a memorial at the Tekhnologichesky Institute metro station in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

The victims

The Investigative Committee on Tuesday identified 10 of the victims as Dinara Samandarovna Alieva, 20; Maxim Vitalievich Aryshev, 20; Ksenia Sergeevna Malyukova, 17; Irina Kuzminichna Medyantseva, 50; Angelina Sergeevna Svistunova, 27; Yuri Pavlovich Nalimov, 71; Oksana Gennadievna Danilenko, 25; Larisa Grigoryevna Shchekina, 66; Denis Romanovich Petrov, 25; Mansour Takhrovich Sagadeev, 16 or 17.

DNA testing will be used to identify the remaining victims, according to the committee.

The explosion

The explosion took place between the Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations at about 2:40 p.m. Photographs from the scene showed bandaged and bloodied bodies being carried from the station where the train came to a stop.

Others showed bodies lying by the train at Tekhnologichesky Institut as the station filled with smoke.

The second, larger device was found and defused at another station, Ploshchad Vosstaniya, and is believed to have been planted by Djalilov, Russian investigators said.

“Criminalists found his DNA on a bag with a bomb left at the Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station, investigators said in a statement, adding that CCTV footage was also used to come to their conclusions.

Earlier state media reports quoted law enforcement sources saying the device had been hidden in a fire extinguisher and was larger than the one that exploded. It carried about a kilogram of TNT, the reports said.

Train driver praised

The driver of the train, Alexander Kaverin, has been praised in Russia for continuing to the next station after the blast, ensuring a quick evacuation of passengers.

“At that moment there was no question of fear. It was just a question of working, rolling up your sleeves,” he said. “I just acted according to instructions, because we have instructions worked out especially for such cases. We have had explosions before and I think these instructions are very clever, very correct.”