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Blast in St Petersburg metro station kills 10 — authorities

By Reuters - Apr 03,2017 - Last updated at Apr 03,2017

An injured person is helped by emergency services outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, following explosions in two train carriages at metro stations in St Petersburg, Russia, Monday (Reuters photo)

ST PETERSBURG, Russia — At least 10 people were killed and 50 were injured when an explosion tore through a train carriage in the St Petersburg metro system on Monday, Russian authorities said.

Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed source as saying the blast, which occurred when the train was between two stations, was caused by a bomb filled with shrapnel.

President Vladimir Putin, who was in the city for a meeting with Belarus’ leader, said he was considering all possible causes for the blast, including terrorism. He was consulting with security services.

Ambulances and fire engines descended on the concrete-and-glass Sennaya Ploshchad metro station near the centre of the former Russian imperial capital. 

A helicopter hovered overhead as crowds gathered.

“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 matter in light of events,” St Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko said in an address.

Video showed injured people lying bleeding on a platform, some being treated by emergency services and fellow passengers. Others ran away from the platform amid clouds of smoke, some screaming or holding their hands to their faces.

A huge hole was blasted in the side of a carriage with metal wreckage strewn across the platform. Passengers were seen hammering at the windows of one closed carriage. Russian TV said many had suffered lacerations from glass shards and metal.

Russia has been the target of attacks by separatist Chechen militants in past years. Daesh, which has drawn recruits from the ranks of Chechen rebels, has also threatened attacks across Russia in retaliation for Russian military intervention in Syria.

Russian airforce and special forces have been backing President Bashar Assad in fighting rebel groups and the Daesh terror group militants now being driven out of their Syrian strongholds.

 

All stations closed

 

St Petersburg emergency services at first said that there had been two explosions. But a source in the emergency services later said that there had been only one but that the explosion had occurred in a tunnel between stations.

The blast occurred at 2:40pm, well shy of the evening rush hour.

Authorities closed all St Petersburg metro stations. The Moscow metro said it was taking unspecified additional security measures in case of an attack there. 

Russia has been on particular alert against Chechen rebels returning from Syria and wary of any attempts to resume attacks that dogged the country several years ago.

At least 38 people were killed in 2010 when two female suicide bombers detonated bombs on packed Moscow metro trains.

Over 330 people, half of them children, were killed in 2004 when police stormed a school in southern Russia after a hostage taking by extremist militants. In 2002, 120 hostages were killed when police stormed a Moscow theatre to end another hostage taking.

 

Putin, as prime minister, launched a 1999 campaign to crush a separatist government in the Muslim southern region of Chechnya, and as president continued a hardline in suppressing rebellion.

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THIS IS ANOTHER DISASTER OF THE FIRST ORDER AND IT IS VERY HARD TO DEFINE WHERE THE WORLD IS SLIDDING INTO. THE WORLD NEED TO GET TOGETHER, RE-TOOL AND REPROPRAM THE WORLD ORDER. IT IS SAD TO SEE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS, TRYING TO FEED THEIR FAMILY AND SURVIVE BEING BLOWN INTO PIECES FOR NO REASONS. WE ARE NOW LIVING IN HELL WHERE WE CAN NOT TRAVEL, TRUST ANY SYSTEM, BELEIVE IN ANYTHING OR STOP BEING AFRAID OF OUR SAFETY. MAY GOD HELP TO HEAL THE AFFECTED FAMILIES, FRIENDS AND THE COUNTRY.

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