Moscow, April 3, 2017
The St. Petersburg metro station was attacked by exploding shrapnel-filled devices this afternoon, leaving at least ten dead, The Telegraph reports. Pictures posted on social media show the door of at least one subway car blown out. Other images shows passengers lying on the platform of a St. Petersburg station.
Media reports have indicated that there were two explosions. The first reportedly occurred at the Sennaya Square station, and the second occurred at around 2:40 at the Sadovaya station on the blue line of the St. Petersburg metro. Reports thus far state that ten dead and fifty injured have been confirmed by Russia’s anti-terrorism committee.
The entire St. Petersburg metro has been closed, and the Moscow metro is taking additional security measures.
President Vladimir Putin is in St. Petersburg today to meet with Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko. The president has been informed and has expressed his condolences. Authorities are considering all possible causes, including terrorism, President Putin stated.
“People were bleeding, their hair was burned. We were told to move to the exit, because movement had stopped… People just fled. My girlfriend was in the next car that exploded. She said it began to shake. When she came out, she saw that people were mutilated,” one eyewitness has stated.