Petersburg authorities say 50 injured in metro blast remain hospitalized

Cheryl Sanders
April 4, 2017

A Reuters witness saw eight ambulances near the Sennaya Ploshchad metro station.

A three-day mourning period has started. Chechen rebel leaders have frequently threatened further attacks.

14 people have now been confirmed dead following yesterday's metro terror attack.

Meanwhile, Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said the death toll had risen from 11 to 14 after three people died in hospital. Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday that authorities had received a warning of a possible second attack at the same Sennaya Ploshchad metro station.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the explosion as a "barbaric act", while US President Donald Trump spoke with Putin.Russian President Vladimir Putin places flowers in memory of victims of the blast in the Saint Petersburg metro at Technological Institute station on April 3, 2017.

Four stations on the subway were closed again on Tuesday due to a bomb threat, but later reopened.

That device, hidden in a fire extinguisher, was larger than the one that went off, according to state media reports quoting law enforcement. It carried about a kilogram of TNT, the reports said.

On that occasion, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for that attack, calling it retaliation for Russia's military intervention in Syria.

She said that 49 people remained hospitalized with injuries suffered in the blast, which tore through a subway vehicle between two stations in central St. Petersburg on April 3. It's not clear if Djalilov belonged to either group. The White House said in a statement that Trump "offered the full support of the U.S. government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice".

"She was always bright, she was fascinated by what motivated people and was so good at figuring them out, she was writing her dissertation on motivation and sport, her brother is a professional soccer player", said Berezovskaya, who wore a black scarf over her hair.

"The fear was that after (Chechens) had been radicalized and nearly professionalized, by that time in Syria would then come home and carry out attacks in Russian Federation".

"It makes it easier for him to make that President Trump and the West - 'let's get on board, lets fight terrorism together'".

"There have been relatively few terrorist incidents in Russian Federation". Suicide bombers killed 40 and wounded over 100 in attacks in an attack on Moscow's metro in March, 2010.

The bomb scare follows a train bombing on Monday that killed at least 14 people in Russia's second-largest city. Relatives of the injured from the Khanty-Mansi autonomous region, Moscow, Vladimir region, the Republic of Belarus as well as family members of a killed citizen of Kazakhstan have already arrived in St. Petersburg.

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