Two nail bombs on St Petersburg metro rip through carriages

Gareth Davies, Julian Thompson — Mail Online April 3, 2017

Blast ripped through carriage on the St Petersburg metro. Click to enlarge

Blast ripped through carriage on the St Petersburg metro. Click to enlarge

Two nail bombs on the metro in St Petersburg ripped through train carriages killing at least 10 people today.

The incident occurred at two separate locations including Sennaya Ploshchad train station leaving at least 50 injured including children.

Vladimir Putin is in his hometown of St Petersburg today for talks with the president of Belarus and has confirmed ‘there are dead and injured’ and offered his condolences to the families of those killed.

Investigators are looking into a possible terror attack as well as keeping an open mind to the motive of the subway blast, the Kremlin leader said.

He said: ‘I have already spoken to the head of our special services, they are working to ascertain the cause of the blasts.

‘The causes are not clear, it’s too early. We will look at all possible causes, terrorism as well as common crime.’

The first blast is thought to have happened at Sennaya Ploshchad before a second explosion was reported at the Sadovaya stop at 2.40pm local time.

Bodies lie strewn across the platform and the doors are blown open by the blasts

Bodies lie strewn across the platform and the doors are blown open by the blasts. Click to enlarge

A witnesses told Russia’s Life News: ‘People were bleeding, their hair burned. We were told to move to the exit, because the movement stopped. People just fled.

‘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.’

Eight ambulances are said to be at the scene and there are pictures emerging of bodies strewn across the platform.

The Life News website showed pictures of blown-out train doors and several injured people on the station platform.

Metro bosses said there were reports of a blast – possibly from an improvised explosive device – inside a train.

The subway’s administration says several stations in the northern Russian city have been closed and that an evacuation is underway Monday afternoon.

Russian news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been informed about the explosion.

Putin is in discussion with the Director of the Federal Security Service who is inside the affected subway

The leader of the Kremlin is visiting the city today and is expected to hold talks with the Belarusian president later in the day.

Sennaya Ploshad is one of the Russian city’s main metro stations, where three underground lines connect.

It is beneath the large ‘Sennaya’ shopping centre as well as the offices of Gazprombank, Russia’s third largest bank.

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