On Monday, an explosion blasted through a subway train in St. Petersburg.
On Monday, an explosion blasted through a subway train in St. Petersburg. At least 14 people were killed and 50 were in injured.
The incident occurred when Russian President Vladimir Putin was visiting the city, also his hometown, speaking from Constantine Palace. He’s offered condolences to the families of those killed. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is categorizing the explosion as an act of terrorism.
According to Russia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee, the explosion went off at 2:20 p.m. on a train leaving the Technology Institute station and heading to Sennaya Square station.
As soon as the incident happened, St. Petersburg subway instantly closed all stations and security measures were tightened in all key transport facilities across the country. Social Media users posted photos and videos of injured victims lying on the floor outside a train with a disfigured door at the Technology Institute subway station. Commuters were yelling “Call an ambulance!” while reaching into doors and windows, attempting to see if anyone was there.
St. Petersburg, a popular tourist destination, is Russia’s second-largest city with a population of 5 million people. The two stations where the explosion occurred are normally the city’s busiest.
Law enforcement agencies and intelligence services are doing their best to establish the cause and give a full picture of what happened.
This isn’t the first time Russia has suffered from terror attacks. In March 2010, double suicide bombings in Moscow subway killed 40 people and wounded more than 100. With a message to Russian leaders that said, “the war is coming to their cities,” Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov claimed responsibility for the attack performed by two female suicide bombers.
In November 2009, a high-speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg was bombed that left 26 people dead and approximately 100 injured. Umarov also claimed responsibility for the attack.
This is a developing story, please check back for updates.