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Russian kickboxing champion a victim in St. Petersburg bombing

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A 25-year-old hand-to-hand combat champion was killed during the terrorist attack on a St. Petersburg subway station. 

On Monday, April 3rd, Russia suffered its worst terrorist attack in years.

A bomb detonated inside a train during its transit between two major stations (Tekhnologichesky Institut and Sennaya Ploshchad) in the centre of St. Petersburg. Following the blast, the driver continued to Sennaya station, where other commuters were able to reach the victims inside. Another explosive device was found at the Ploshchad Vosstania station and was diffused by local law enforcement.

According to reports, the death toll reached 14, while 49 suffered various injuries, four of whom are in critical condition. The majority of the victims and survivors are locals from St. Petersburg, including the now-deceased 25-year-old Denis Petrov, who was an army hand-to-hand combat champion and a St. Petersburg kickboxing champion. The news was confirmed (h/t Crime Russia).

“He went to the training, but he did not get there,” said Alena, a colleague of Petrov. “He was a very good man, he was very fond of children, they happily visited training. There are very little athletes like him. He had a great future.”

On Tuesday, the Russian Investigative Committee revealed that the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber from Central Asia. Authorities named Akbarjon Djalilov, a 22-year-old Russian citizen born in Kyrgyzstan, as the culprit after matching his DNA on the defused bomb.

On Wednesday, Russian president Vladimir Putin explained that the attack on St. Petersburg could be the tip of the iceberg in the post-Soviet sphere.

“We see that the situation unfortunately is not improving and the best proof of that is the recent events in St. Petersburg,” Putin said at a Kremlin meeting. “Each of our nations is a potential target for terrorist attacks.”

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