By: Savannah Smith | 04-05-2017 | News

St.Petersburg Suicide Bomber Behind Monday's Subway Attack Identified

Investigators have already identified the suicide bomber responsible for Monday's St. Petersburg subway terror attack in Russia.

The bomber is Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, a 22-year old Russian citizen born in Krygyzstan. He is called Jalilov. Authorities believed that the suspect was linked to radical Islamist groups.

Jalilov lived in St. Petersburg for several years, working as a car repairman, and then later at a sushi bar. Review of his social media accounts reveal his interest in radical Islam and boxing.

The number of death from the attack has been raised to 14, including the bomber. Around 50 people remain in the hospital, with some of them in serious condition. Many of the victims were students who were on their way home after their classes on one of the city's busiest north-south lines.

No one has claimed responsibility for the blast that shut down the entire subway, but the timing of the attack is suspicious. President Vladimir Putin happened to be visiting his hometown on Monday, raising speculations that the attack was specifically timed for his trip. It is the first major terrorist attack since the collapse of the Soviet for St. Petersburg, Russia's second largest city.

The terror attack, however, follows a series of bombings of Russian planes, trains and transportation facilities. Most of these attacks were linked to radical Islamists.

St. Petersburg has a lot of immigrants from Krygzstan and other mostly Muslim former Soviet Republics in Central Asia. They went to Russia to look for jobs and escape conflict, poverty and unemployment from their native places.

World leaders led by President Donald Trump have given their sympathies to Russia for the terror attack. President Trump spoke with Putin on the same day of the attack, and promised to give the "full support" of Washington

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