Russian Police Identify Suspected Suicide Bomber
Russian authorities have identified a suspect in Monday's deadly subway bombing in St. Petersburg, the Interfax news agency reports.
Interfax says police now believe it was a suicide bombing, and they identify the alleged bomber as a 23-year-old man from Central Asia.
The news agency quotes police who say he carried the bomb aboard the train in a backpack.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack in Russia's second-largest city that killed at least 11, injured 50 and was powerful enough to blow a hole through the thick medal doors of a subway car.
A Russia TV station’s footage showed dead and wounded lying on a station platform, as horrified passengers rushed by, many of them covering their faces to avoid the thick smoke.
Police defused another bomb hidden inside a fire extinguisher at a second St. Petersburg station. The city's entire subway was shut down for much of Monday. Moscow took what it called "additional security measures" on its metro.
Officials in St. Petersburg have declared three days of mourning. Russian President Vladimir Putin happened to be in his hometown of St. Petersburg Monday for a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Putin brought flowers to the subway station, where a memorial of flowers and candles grows.
U.S. President Donald Trump calls the blast an "absolutely terrible thing," while a spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said "those responsible for this appalling act must be held accountable."
Trump Donates First Quarter Salary to National Park Service
U.S. President Donald Trump has followed up on one of his campaign promises and donated his salary for the first quarter of the year to the National Park Service.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday presented Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke with a check for $78,333,32, during a press briefing at the White House.
A billionaire businessman turned president, Trump had promised to forgo his presidential salary. By law he must be paid, so he is donating the money. U.S. taxpayers can write off such donations, potentially lowering their income taxes.
The gift may be a peace offering of sorts. Trump has tangled with the parks agency over its tweets, which unfavorably compared the size of his inauguration crowd with that of Barack Obama's.
The National Park Service is part of the Department of the Interior, whose budget Trump has proposed cutting by more than $1 billion.
The charitable action did not appease the critics of Trump's environmental policies. The Sierra Club environmental group called it a "stunt."
"If Donald Trump is actually interested in helping our parks, he should stop trying to slash their budgets to historically low levels," it said.
But Zinke said he's "thrilled'' at the president's decision to give money to an Interior agency. He said he will use the money to help pay for long-deferred maintenance projects on the nation's 25 battlefields. Outstanding maintenance projects on those sites amount to about $229 million.