The 2017 Saint Petersburg Metro Bombing
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On April 3, 2017, a bomb in a terrorist’s briefcase detonated between the Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations on the Saint Petersburg Metro in Russia. The explosion killed 14 people, including the perpetrator, and injured 50 others. The perpetrator was identified as 22-year-old Akbarjon Jalilov, a Russian citizen born in Kyrgyzstan. In December 2019, a Russian military court convicted 11 other individuals of organizing the attack. Although all denied the charges and three claimed they were tortured in custody, those convicted were handed sentences ranging from 19 years to life imprisonment.
The Saint Petersburg metro bombing was initially suspected to have been conducted, directed or inspired by ISIL, but subsequent information suggest it was ordered by Al Qaeda. In March 2022, the US Department of State assigned responsibility for the attack to Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad (KTJ).
At approximately 2:30 pm on April 3, 2017, Akbarjon Jalilov carried a briefcase into the Saint Petersburg metro. Before boarding, he placed a fire extinguisher encasing a TNT bomb rigged with shrapnel at the Ploshchad station. At 2:40 pm, after getting onto a train car, he detonated a bomb containing about 2.2 pounds of explosives while the car was travelling between two stations. The resulting explosion injured and killed dozens of passengers. The fire extinguisher bomb at the station did not go off as intended and was later defused by Russian authorities.