Russia attack: St Petersburg police find and deactivate second metro bomb

Device reportedly left in a briefcase

Samuel Osborne
Monday 03 April 2017 15:37
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Emergency services direct pedestrians outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station after an explosion that killed nine people
Emergency services direct pedestrians outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station after an explosion that killed nine people

Russian security agencies have found and defused a second explosive device on the St Petersburg metro after an explosion killed at least nine people.

The device was left in a briefcase, the Interfax news agency reports.

Andrei Przhezdomsky, a spokesman for Russia's top anti-terror agency, said the improvised explosive was found at the Ploshchad Vosstaniya station.

10 killed, 50 hurt in St Petersburg subway blast

An unidentified explosive device went off at 2:20pm on a train leaving the Technology Institute station and heading to the Sennaya Ploshchad station, Russia's National Anti-Terrorist Committee said.

The blast came as Russian President Vladimir Putin was visiting the city, his hometown. He said investigators are looking into whether the explosion was a terror attack.

News agency Interfax cited a source saying the blast was caused by a bomb filled with shrapnel.

Ambulances and fire engines descended on the concrete-and-glass Sennaya Ploshchad metro station near the centre of the former Russian imperial capital. A helicopter hovered overhead as crowds gathered.

The St. Petersburg subway immediately shut down all of its stations and the national anti-terrorism body said security measures would be tightened all key transport facilities across Russia.

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