Russia’s anti-terrorism committee has confirmed that ten people have died and 50 more have been injured following an explosion on the Metro in Saint Petersburg.
President Putin – who was due to meet his Belarusian counterpart in St Petersburg today – has expressed his condolences and says that Russian security services are trying to ‘establish the cause’.
Photographs posted on social media show the door of the train has been blown out in an explosion:
В Петербурге на станции "Технологический институт" произошёл взрыв в вагоне метро. pic.twitter.com/vx3PoLbCgJ
— Лентач (@the_lentach) April 3, 2017
Further images show injured passengers lying on the ground of what looks to be a station platform. According to The Telegraph, the blast is said to have involved an improvised device filled with shrapnel.
A police source told Russian news agency Tass:
A blast occurred at Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, several people have been injured.
The explosion is reported to have occurred at roughly 2.40pm (12.40pm BST) on the blue branch of the St. Petersburg metro between the Sennaya Ploshchad and ‘Sadovaya’ stations.
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.
St. Petersburg website Fontanka is now reporting claims that another unexploded bomb has been found at the Ploshad Vosstaniya metro station – although this is currently unconfirmed.