Russia in Tightening Security After St Petersburg Exploded – Atmosphere after bomb exploded in St Petersburg subway station
ST PETERSBURG – An explosion rocked a subway station in the centre of St. Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city. This explosion killing about 10 people, Interfax said, citing unidentified law enforcement sources.
A improvised bomb filled with shrapnel detonated inside a train in the Sennaya Ploshchad station around mid-afternoon, Interfax reported.
Footage shown on television from the scene showed the door of the train carriage torn open, with bloodied and dazed passengers lying on the platform as smoke poured out.
Frantic commuters reached into doors and windows, trying to see if anyone was there and shouting “Call an ambulance!”
There were some reports of a second explosion at a neighbouring station but they could not be immediately confirmed. Local media said at least 50 people were injured, children among them. Russian Senator Viktor Ozerov told Interfax that the explosion looked like a terrorist attack.
In Moscow, Deputy Mayor Maxim Liksutov told the Interfax news agency that Moscow authorities are tightening security on the subway in the Russian capital.
Russia suffered a number of deadly terrorist attacks in the early part of this century but they have become less frequent in recent years, especially in major cities. In 2010, Moscow’s subway was targeted by suicide bombers that killed 40 people in coordinated attacks.
Russian news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been informed about the explosion. Putin is visiting the city Monday and is expected to hold talks with the Belarusian president later in the day. (zet/estia/ryanti/RA)