Russian Authorities Mark St.Petersburg Metro Blast As Terrorist Attack


Time: 4:40 p.m. CEST

Nine people died in St.Petersburg metro according to the Russian state media on April 3. Russian authorities said the blast, which hit the train traveling between two stations, was a terrorist attack. About 50 people were injured.

As CNN.com reports, a spokesman for the National Anti-terrorist Committee explained, “the blast was caused by an unidentified explosive device in one of the cars. “So far, we say it was an unidentified explosive device as investigators and the Federal Security Service’s bomb specialists are to establish the exact cause of this explosion,” Andrei Przhezdomsky told the state-run Russia 24.

Police evacuated the subway.  Russia’s Prosecutor’s General’s office said it was “a terrorist attack,” as Russian news agency TASS reported. In 2010 at least 38 people died in a double suicide bombing on the Moscow metro. In 2009, a bomb exploded on a high speed train traveling between Moscow and St Petersburg, killing 27 and injuring another 130, BBC.com writes.

This was first attack to St.Petersburg metro. The explosion happened at 2:30 p.m. local time. The blast happened at the moment when the train was in a tunnel between the Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institute stations. First information was that two explosion happened. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the victims and is talking to the FSB security services about the investigation, according to state media, CNN.com reports.

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