Massive Explosion On Russia's Metro Station In St. Petersburg
Blast leaves 10 dead and 50 more injured
A massive explosion on Russia's Metro station in St Petersburg has killed 10 people and left more than 50 others injured in a horrific attack.
Innocent Russian citizens were killed in the blast between Sennaya Ploschad station and Tekhnologichesky Institute station, among the dead are also children.
Initially, authorities faced confusion on the number of devices used to detonate the attack with two being cited, but emergency services confirmed it was only one blast between the two stations.
The Express reports: Injured people were pictured lying bleeding on a platform as passengers and emergency services rushed to help them amid a flurry of smoke at 2.30pm local time (12.30pm GMT).
Passengers were immediately evacuated from the stations, the metro company said.
The explosive device is believed to have been rigged with shrapnel.
Witnesses have described their horror at experiencing the blasts.
Alexander, told state news agency Sputnik: "I saw people being carried from the subway. This was horrible."
The blasts hit Sennaya Ploschad and Tekhnologichesky Institute stations in St Petersburg
Police have closed all stations in the western Russian city and 17 ambulance crews are treating the injured.
A statement from the metro company, said: "The entrance and exit to Tekhnologichesky Institut and Sennaya Ploshchad stations are closed, the trains are running without stopping.
"There is an evacuation of passengers."
Passengers were seen stumbling through smoke in the metro station
President Vladimir Putin has been informed of the incident in Russia's second largest city where he was meeting with Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko.
He said the cause is not clear and he was considering all possibilities, including terrorism.
The Russian leader expressed his condolences and said he had spoken to the heads of the security services.
He added: "The city authorities, and, if required, the federal authorities, will take all necessary measures to support the families of those killed and those injured."
Moscow's metro system has also been shut down as a precaution, while the rest of Russia in on high alert.
This is the first explosion on a Russian train since December 2013 when a suicide bomber killed 18 people and injured 44 at Volgograd-1 station in the city of Volgograd.
Russia has been the target of attacks by Chechen militants in past years. Chechen rebel leaders have frequently threatened further attacks.
At least 38 people were killed in 2010 when two female suicide bombers detonated bombs on packed Moscow metro trains.