At least 10 people have been killed in a subway attack in the western Russian city of St.Petersburg
The Interfax and RIA news agencies reported that at least 50 people have been injured.Russian media showed images of twisted metal and smoke-silted subway stations.
“People were bleeding, their hair burned,” a witness said to Russia’s Life News. “My girlfriend was in the next car that exploded. She said that he began to shake. When she came out, she saw that people were mutilated.”
According to a report from state news agency RIA Novosti, one explosion came at Sennaya Ploshad station and another at the Technological Institute station. Other accounts reported only one blast.
The attack came on the same day Russian president Vladimir Putin was in the city. Officials said Putin had left the city and was 12 miles away from the nearby city of Strelna when the blast took place.
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“Unfortunately we have to begin our meeting with this tragic event, the causes are not yet clear, and so it’s still early to talk about that, the investigation will show. But naturally, we always examine all versions—ordinary and criminal, above all incidents of a terrorist character,” Putin said later.
“The government, both on the city and federal levels, will do everything to support families of the victims and injured,” Putin added.
The explosion had “all the characteristic of a terrorist attack,” said Viktor Ozerov, a member of the defense and security committee of the upper house of the Russian parliament.
Russia’s National Antiterrorism Committee said the explosion was caused by “an unidentified explosive device.”
Interfax reported that a device filled with shrapnel was involved.
In the wake of the explosion, the subway system was shut down as a precaution.
“I have already spoken to the head of our special services, they are working to ascertain the cause,” said Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman.
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