St Petersburg: explosion in the underground, at least 10 dead

On Monday, at least ten people were killed and many others injured in an explosion in a St. Petersburg subway car. The Russian authorities do not for the time being dismiss the terrorist trail. Vladimir Putin , who was in St. Petersburg to attend a meeting with Russian journalists, expressed his condolences to the victims in a brief televised speech shortly before a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko .

“Unfortunately, we have to begin our encounter with this tragic event. The causes are not yet known and it is still early to speak, the investigation will determine them, “said the Russian president. “Of course, we always study every contingency: accidental, Criminal and, above all, terrorist action, “he added. “According to the first reports, 10 people were killed and 20 wounded,” a source in the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations told Interfax. “The explosion took place in one of the wagons. There are victims, “said a source in the police force to the public agency Ria Novosti.

The fully evacuated subway

All the stations on the metro have been closed, according to the Metro press service quoted by the Interfax agency, the explosion having taken place in a metro train while it was between two stations southwest of Saint -Petersburg. Investigators went to the scene to determine the first elements, said the prosecutor’s office of St. Petersburg in a statement. If the prosecution spoke of a single explosion, a source in the security forces quoted by Ria Novosti referred to “two explosions of machines that were operated in wagons at the stations Sennaya Plochiad and Tekhnologuitcheski Institout”. According to this source, the explosive devices were artisanal and of low power. The first images broadcast on social networks and Russian television show a metro train blown by an explosion, many travelers trying to get out of the victims of the rubble. The Islamic state organization called for Russia to be hit after its intervention in support of Bashar al-Assad forces in Syria in September 2015. Russia had since been the victim of several attacks, but all within the unstable republics Russians of the Caucasus. Russian security services have repeatedly announced that they have dismantled jihadist cells that are about to strike Moscow and St. Petersburg. The Islamic State had called for Russia to be hit after the start of its intervention in support of Bashar al-Assad forces in Syria in September 2015. Russia had since been the victim of several attacks, but all within the volatile Russian republics of Caucasus. The Russian security services have repeatedly announced that they have dismantled jihadist cells that are about to strike Moscow and St. Petersburg. The Islamic State had called for Russia to be hit after the start of its intervention in support of Bashar al-Assad forces in Syria in September 2015. Russia had since been the victim of several attacks, but all within the volatile Russian republics of Caucasus. Russian security services have repeatedly announced that they have dismantled jihadist cells that are about to strike Moscow and St. Petersburg. But all located within the unstable Russian republics of the Caucasus. The Russian security services have repeatedly announced that they have dismantled jihadist cells that are about to strike Moscow and St. Petersburg. But all located within the unstable Russian republics of the Caucasus. The Russian security services have repeatedly announced that they have dismantled jihadist cells that are about to strike Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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