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St. Petersburg attacker was likely born in Kyrgyzstan

Preliminary information indicates a 22-year-old Kyrgyz-born man was behind the deadly bombings in St. Petersburg, authorities in Kyrgyzstan said. He was reportedly caught on security cameras in the city's metro. Officials in the former Soviet state identified the suspected terrorist on Tuesday as Kyrgyzstan national Akbarjon Djalilov. "It is probable that he acquired Russian nationality," a spokesman for the country's security services told the AFP news agency. According to a St. Petersburg news outlet Fontanka, Djalilov has lived in the Russian city for over six years. He was recorded by the metro surveillance system around the time of the Monday bombing that killed 14 people and injured 49 others in a likely terror attack. The authorities are also searching for his car, a Daewoo Nexia. No terror organization immediately claimed responsibility for Monday's attack. There were conflicting reports about the bomber surviving the twin blasts. Authorities said that foreign nationals were among the casualities. 'Standing up to the worst of threats' The 5-million population city of St. Petersburg declared a three-day mourning period starting on Tuesday, with flags flying at half mast. At the same time, the locals celebrated the subway driver who managed to drive the train to the next stop, despite the explosion, helping survivors evacuate. The 50-year-old Alexander Kaverin appeared on state television, saying that he had simply followed the instructions. "We have already had explosions and smart people developed smart instructions," Kaverin said. "At that moment there was no time to be afraid, it was time to work," The attacks showed it was "impossible" to destabilize Russia with terror, said Vladimir Vasilev, the leader of the ruling "United Russia" party group in the Russian parliament. "The Russian society demonstrated its capability of standing up to the worst of threats," he said. Even after the metro was shut down, "there was no panic among the citizens, and the city authorities decided to offer other means of city transport free of charge," he added. Lavrov urges joint action Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Kyrgyz colleague Erlan Abdyldayev to discuss the Monday incident. Russia's top diplomat thanked the Bishkek government for their solidarity and said that the attack "once again shows the importance of stepping up joint efforts to combat this evil." In turn, Abdyldayev said there was no excuse for terrorism. "Terror has no nationality and no borders, and we need to stand together when fighting it," he said. The predominantly Muslim nation of Kyrgyzstan is a close ally of Moscow and hosts a Russian military airbase. On Tuesday morning, the authorities once again closed the subway station Sennaya Ploshchad, one of the stations targeted in the attack, after receiving an anonymous bomb threat. It was given the "all clear" signal later in the day, after no suspicious objects were found. The subway system is now back to normal.

Preliminary information indicates a 22-year-old Kyrgyz-born man was behind the deadly bombings in St. Petersburg, authorities in Kyrgyzstan said. He was reportedly caught on security cameras in the city’s metro. Officials in the former Soviet state identified the suspected terrorist on Tuesday as Kyrgyzstan national Akbarjon Djalilov. “It is probable that he acquired Russian nationality,” a spokesman for the country’s ... Read More »

St. Petersburg metro hit by deadly blast

Some 10 people have been killed and some 50 injured in an explosion on a train in the subway system of the Russian city of St. Petersburg, Russian authorities say. All stations were closed after the blast. An explosion in a train carriage on the St. Petersburg subway system on Monday killed at least 10 people and injured some 50 others, Russian authorities said. The blast was reported to have taken place in a train traveling between the stations of Sennaya Ploshchad and the Institute of Technology. A spokesman for Russia's National Anti-Terrorism committee (NAK), Andrei Przhezdomsky, said in televised remarks that the blast occurred at 2:40 pm local time (1140 UTC). St Petersburg metro blast: Timeline Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed source as saying the explosion was caused by a shrapnel-filled bomb. The blast tore a hole in the side of a carriage. The NAK later said it had found and deactivated another homemade bomb found at a different St. Petersburg station. Terrorism 'being considered' Following the explosion, there were scenes of confusion, with traffic blocked on the busy thoroughfare of Moskovsky Prospect, while emergency vehicles and a helicopter rushed to assist the victims. All stations on the subway system were closed following the blast. The Moscow metro also said it was stepping up security in case of an attack there, while the Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee said security would be tightened at all criticial transport facilities. President Vladimir Putin, who was visiting the city for talks with his Belarus counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in the blast, and said all possible causes, including terrorism, were being considered. "Law enforcement agencies and intelligence services are doingtheir best to establish the cause and give a full picture of what happened," Putin said at the start of his talks with Lukashenko. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel expressed his condolences following the blast, saying he had learned of the news "with deep sorrow." He said Germany's thoughts were "with our friends in Russia, the victims and their families in this dark hour." Several enemies Russia has seen several attacks by separatist Islamist Chechen militants in past years, and the extremist group "Islamic State" (IS) has also threatened to carry out attacks in the country in retaliation for the Russian military operations in Syria. Russia is giving military assistance to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in fighting rebel groups including IS. There has, however, been no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast. Double suicide bombings in the Moscow subway in March 2010 killed 40 people and wounded more than 100 others. Those attacks, carried out by two female suicide bombers, were claimed by Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov. In November 2009, 26 people were killed and some 100 injured in a bombing on the high-speed Moscow-to-St. Petersburg train, with Umarov's group saying he also ordered that attack.

Some 10 people have been killed and some 50 injured in an explosion on a train in the subway system of the Russian city of St. Petersburg, Russian authorities say. All stations were closed after the blast. An explosion in a train carriage on the St. Petersburg subway system on Monday killed at least 10 people and injured some 50 ... Read More »

Air raids on makeshift Syrian refugee camp kill dozens

Syrian monitors say at least 28 people have been killed in airstrikes on a makeshift refugee camp close to the border with Turkey. The attack on Sarmada, in Syrian rebel-held territory, follows more deaths in Homs. Wounded were rushed across the border for treatment in Turkey, said the Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights, adding that the death toll was likely to rise. Social media footage showed the charred frames of tents that had been pitched in a muddy field. The Observatory said those killed included women and children. It was not initially clear who had carried out the raids on Sarmada in rebel-held territory in Syria's northwestern Idlib province and about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of divided Aleppo. Abu Ibrahim al-Sarmai, an activist, said "two aerial strikes" hit the makeshift camp for displaced people. They had been sheltering, he said, from fighting in Syria's northern hub of Aleppo and Palmyra, the heritage city recaptured by Syrian government forces with Russian air support. "The camp took two direct hits. I heard many tents were on fire," he said. Nidal Abdul Qader, an opposition civilian aid official who lives about one kilometer (half a mile) from the camp, said around 50 tents and a school had burned down. Twin bombing in Homs The Sarmada attack came after a twin bombing Thursday in Syria's central province of Homs, in the village of Mukharam al-Fawkani. At least 10 people were killed and scores wounded, according to Syria state media and the regional governor, Talal Barrazi. A car bomb first exploded, then as people gathered, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated his explosives. Syrian state television said four children and three women were among those killed. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Similar deadly attacks in the Homs area in the past have been claimed by the "Islamic State" group, which earlier this week overran an adjacent gas field. Relative calm in Aleppo Relative calm prevailed on Thursday in Aleppo following a truce announced by US officials in agreement with Russia as diplomats try to extend an increasingly fragile ceasefire agreed in February for much of Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, vowed that Syrian government forces would fully recapture Aleppo, with is partly held by rebels, and other Syrian cities.

Syrian monitors say at least 28 people have been killed in airstrikes on a makeshift refugee camp close to the border with Turkey. The attack on Sarmada, in Syrian rebel-held territory, follows more deaths in Homs. Wounded were rushed across the border for treatment in Turkey, said the Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights, adding that the death toll was likely ... Read More »

St Petersburg economic forum wants business as usual

Despite Western sanctions, thousands of business executives have flocked to St Petersburg to attend the annual economic forum in the Russian city. Oil deals are likely to save the country's top investment show. Some of the world's most powerful oil executives are attending the St Petersburg economic forum, which kicked off Thursday. The high-ranking guests are once again helping the organizers shrug off an otherwise meager turnout from Western entrepreneurs and bankers as Western sanctions over Russia's perceived role in the Ukraine conflict continue to bite and relations with the US and European governments remain frosty. BP's latest review of world energy supplies estimated that Russian oil and gas reserves had jumped above 100 billion barrels for the first time, putting the country sixth in the global reserves league table. Reuters commented that "such an abundance makes it economically vital for major energy firms to maintain healthy ties with Moscow." "We are in the long-term business, and this is why we are keen to maintain our commitment to Russia," said the head of France's Total, Patrick Puyanne. German public opinion Other investors have come to St Petersburg to make sure they don't lose the Russian market to competitors from Asia and other regions in the world. The German public remains divided over the usefulness of Western sanctions against Russia. A fresh poll commissioned by energy company Wintershall sees 50 percent of respondents in favor of punitive measures, while 41 percent reject them. Fifty percent of those polled described Russia as a very reliable energy supplier despite the Ukraine conflict, while 40 percent had misgivings about Russia's long-term reliability as a major energy partner.

Despite Western sanctions, thousands of business executives have flocked to St Petersburg to attend the annual economic forum in the Russian city. Oil deals are likely to save the country’s top investment show. Some of the world’s most powerful oil executives are attending the St Petersburg economic forum, which kicked off Thursday. The high-ranking guests are once again helping the ... Read More »

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