By Theodore Shoebat
ISIS is now praising the Islamic terrorist attack that killed eleven people in Russia today, declaring that the bombing was “a metro to hell for the worshipers of the Cross”. As we read in one report:
A bomb blast tore through a subway train deep under Russia’s second-largest city Monday, killing 11 people and wounding about 40.
Hours later, police found and defused a shrapnel-packed explosive device at another St. Petersburg station.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came while President Vladimir Putin was visiting the city.
News reports initially said police were searching for two suspects, and Russian state television showed a photo of one suspect wearing what appeared to be a skullcap characteristic of Russia’s Muslim regions. Later, the Interfax news agency said police now suspect the blast was the work of a suicide bomber.
The Investigative Committee, the country’s top criminal investigation body, said it had begun a probe based on the assumption that the attack was terrorism, but added that other possibilities were being considered.
St. Petersburg had been spared previous attacks.
“From now on, I will be scared to take the subway,” said Marina Ilyina, 30, who brought flowers to the station where the train stopped after the bombing. “We in St. Petersburg thought we wouldn’t be touched by that.”
ISIS supporters were praising the attack, according to the website Voactiv.
It reported that an ISIS supporter on the terror group’s al-Minbar online forum wrote, “We ask Allah to bless the operation by the lions of the Caliphate, we ask Allah to kill the Crusaders.”
Another wrote that the bombing created “a metro to hell for the worshipers of the Cross” and claimed that the attacks were revenge for Russia’s attacks on ISIS in Syria’s civil war.