There was a bomb explosion in a metro in St. Petersburg, Russia on Tuesday, April, 3. It has been said that there was another explosive device in a different metro not to far from where the incident took place. Authorities were able to defuse the other explosive device before another horrific explosion could take place. The Russian health ministry announced that 14 people were killed and 39 injured. More information came to light that the bomber died within the metro during the explosion. The Foreign Ministry of Kyrgyz declared the bombing as a suicide attack. Isis is not been seen as the perpetrators of the attack. Some believe that since the suspect was from Kyrgyzstan he could have connections to Chechen separatist groups since they are in conflict with the Russian government. Russian President was in St. Petersburg for a media conference when the attack happened. At a press conference after the attack reporters asked Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov if maybe the President was a target. The spokesman responded:
“Of course the fact that the terror attack happened when the head of the state was in town is a food for thought and is subject to analysis by the special services. Any terror attack that happens in the country is an attack on every single Russian citizen. Including the head of state,” he responded.
Russia has suffered a lot of terror attacks before from Chechen separatists where a lot of innocent lives were lost. All the attacks were against the Russian government but they were pointless because it affected civilians and not the government. Here are examples of Chechen attacks against civilians that ended up in nothing of gain for the separatists that only caused harm to the Russian country and families:
In 2010, two female suicide bombers linked to the Chechen insurgency blew themselves up at two Moscow metro stations, killing 40. In 2002, Chechen rebels killed 170 hostages in a theater in the capital, Moscow.
In December 2013, a suicide bombing at a train station in Volgograd killed at least 16 people, in an attack linked to a network in Dagestan. The following day, in the same city, a suicide bombing on a trolley bus killed 14 people.
After the tragic attack in Russia, Syria was bombed and about 70 civilians were killed. The casualties include women, children and elders. The attack was sudden on Syria and people believe it could have been a retaliation for the bombing in St. Petersburg. No one knows for sure since is just speculations. The Assad regimen could be blamed, but there’s no evidence and other countries can’t accused the Syrian government for the bombing yet.