Explosion At St. Petersburg, Russia Metro Station Kills 10
An explosion occurred on the underground subway system in St. Petersburg, Russia around 3 PM on Monday afternoon. The Associated Press reports 10 people have been killed and 50 were injured, with six people in critical condition according to Russia’s head of the Ministry of Health, Veronika Skvortsova.
The explosion took place near the Technological Institute and Sennaya Ploshchad stations, which are both popular and used by several commuters every day. Signs are leaning towards this being a terror attack with the anti-terrorism committee finding and deactivating a second bomb with shrapnel at Vosstaniya Station, which is a St. Petersburg subway stop.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose hometown is St. Petersburg and was there meeting with Belarusan leader Alexander Lukashenko, made a statement about the explosion.
“At the beginning of our meeting I want to express my condolences to the families of the victims and the injured. I already spoke to the heads of first responders, with the director of the FSB [Russia’s federal security service}. They are working and will do everything to find out the reasons why this happened and how it happened.
The city leadership and, if needed, federal entities will do everything to provide support to the victims, our citizens. Unfortunately we are forced to begin our session with this tragic event. We don’t know the causes yet, it’s too soon to be talking about that. Investigation will show. We always look at all possibilities, the mundane and the criminal, acts of terrorism. And investigation will provide us with answers.”
Head of media relations at the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia, Alexander Kurennoy, has already classified the explosion as a terrorist attack and says there will be a full investigation to “clarify all aspects that contributed to this terrorist attack and make sure this will not happen again in the future.”
A witness who was in one of the stations at the time of the explosion told Russian TV, “I was just making a change on that line where the emergency situation occurred. At this station all people were running. I smelt smoke, [there was] smoke, everyone were running fast to the escalator and towards the exit. A lot [of people], all running. All, of course, scared.”
After the explosion, the Russian subway system was shut down and is expected to reopen on Tuesday.