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Blasts in St Petersburg metro stations kill 10 - authorities

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Eleena Tovar | 20 Abril, 2017, 04:56

Russian security agents on Thursday arrested three people suspected of links to a suicide bomber accused of attacking the city's subway and deactivated an explosive device in the apartment where the suspects lived.

The attacker has been identified as 22-year-old Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, a Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen of Uzbek ethnicity.

Dzhalilov was born in 1995 in the city of Osh, according to the Kyrgyz government.

Russian news agency Interfax reported that investigators had detained several people suspected of being Jalilov's accomplices.

A second, larger explosive device was found at a different metro stop, but it was not detonated.

Those hurt include citizens of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, as well as Russians from 13 different regions, according to the Saint Petersburg authorities.

Russia's health minister on Tuesday said the death toll had risen from 11 to 14 and said 49 people are still hospitalized.

On Monday, a terrorist bomb attack on Metro train in Russian city of St. Petersburg killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens others. The bombing raised jitters ahead of the Confederations Cup football tournament in June, with the opening game and final set to be held in Saint Petersburg as Russian Federation gears up towards hosting the World Cup next year.

"I followed the instructions", Kaverin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, lays flowers at a place near the Tekhnologichesky Institut subway station in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, April 3, 2017.

The Kremlin said Merkel, Hollande and Putin "stressed the need to intensify cooperation in order to counter terrorism which is a common threat for all nations" and agreed to improve intelligence sharing.

The Investigative Committee said in a statement in the early hours on Wednesday that the investigators searched the man's home in St. Petersburg.

The explosion in the middle of Monday afternoon occurred when the train was in a tunnel deep underground, amplifying the force of the blast. France announced additional security measures in Paris.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said between 5,000 and 7,000 people from Russia and other former Soviet republics were fighting alongside the Islamic State group and other militants in Syria.

Authorities closed all St Petersburg metro stations in the wake of the blast.

The two stations that were the site of the blast are some of the subway's busiest.

But the incident poses a range of major problems for Russian Federation and the broader region, especially ahead of the World Cup being held in the country next year. Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov claimed responsibility for the attack, warning Russian leaders that "the war is coming to their cities".

There were two bombs involved in the metro attack.