The death toll of yesterday’s suicide bombing in a metro train in Russia’s northern city of St. Petersburg continues to rise, with 14 people now having been killed and among the 49 wounded, 10 remain in serious condition. Officials have also identified the attacker.
The attacker was named as 22-year-old Akbarzhon Dzhahilov, a Russian citizen who was born in Kyrgyzstan and is described as being an ethnic Uzbek. The man planted an IED at the Ploshchad Vosstania station, before getting into the metro car, setting and detonating the second bomb.
The IED planted outside was found and disarmed. It was described as being disguised as a fire extinguisher, and having been packed with ball bearings to increase its kill count. The bomb that was detonated also had ball bearings and may have been of similar design.
While this seems to settle the question of it being a terrorist attack, the motive is still totally unclear as officials say that Dzhahilov was not apparently connected to any radical organizations, meaning the whole thing remains a mystery.
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How much was he paid and by whom ? …
Paid? Suicide bombers aren’t the smartest guys around but surely even they realize they can’t take the money with them after they’ve blown themselves up? I think psychotic religious zealotry is the more likely motivation.
Baby needs a new pair of shoes?
or a new Burka…
Then again come to think of it, the Saudis & Kuwaitis did previously commit to paying pensions to martyr’s families – I know from grey market currency changers and money launderers in Europe that such payments were being made in the 80’s & 90’s and it wouldn’t surprise me if this was still going on.
Possibly he was a lone lunatic who picked up bomb-making tips from the internet, but that’s a facile interpretation. More likely he was carefully guided by…somebody.
I still fail to see how this was a terrorist attack.
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