Blasts in St. Petersburg metro stations kill 10: authorities

Cheryl Sanders
April 3, 2017

The explosion happened as the train was traveling between the stations Tekhnologichesky Institut and Sennaya Ploshchad of the St. Petersburg Metro, the Committee said in a statement.

"I appeal to you citizens of St. Petersburg and guests of our city to be alert, attentive and cautious and to behave in a responsible manner in light of events", St Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko said in an address.

Russian media reported that the blast took place at the Sennaya Ploshchad metro station in the city's center around 2.30 pm (local time) along the blue line of the underground metro service.

St. Petersburg, a city of about 5 million people on the Baltic Sea in western Russian Federation, was founded by Peter the Great and served as Russia's capital for two centuries.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack Monday, but Russian trains and planes have been targeted repeatedly by Islamic militants, mostly connected to the insurgency in Chechnya and other Caucasus republics.

"Everything was covered in smoke, there were a lot of firefighters", Maria Smirnova, a student on a train behind the one where a bomb went off, told the Dozhd television channel.

Pictures have also emerged online of thick clouds of smoke at the metro station, as well as what appeared to be a mangled train vehicle. Putin is visiting the city Monday and is expected to hold talks with the Belarusian president later in the day. There was just one explosion. Chechen rebel leaders have frequently threatened further attacks.

Video from the scene of Monday's blast showed injured people lying bleeding on a platform, some being treated by emergency services and fellow passengers.

Vladimir Putin said that the cause of the explosions are yet unknown.

Russia's Prime Minister Dimtry Medvedev called the incident a "terrorist attack" and said, "All those who were injured in the terrorist attack in St Petersburg metro will receive all the medical help they need".

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All metro stations have been closed and the people evacuated, Tass reported.

The St. Petersburg subway immediately shut down all of its stations and the national anti-terrorism body said security measures would be tightened all key transport facilities across Russian Federation.

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