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Blast Hits Saint Petersburg Metro

By Sputnik News

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A twin blast has hit the Saint Petersburg metro on Monday.

The reported blasts occurred at the “Sennaya Ploschad [square]” and “Tekhnologichesky Institute” stations. At least 10 people were killed. Sennaya Ploschad is engulfed by smoke. Emergency services have been sent to the scene.

St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport Refutes Reports of Closing After Metro Blast

Pulkovo International Airport in the Russian city of St. Petersburg denied reports, which said it had been shut down due to the explosion in the city’s metro, the airport’s press service said in a statement Monday.

“In relation to the media reports on the closure of Pulkovo Airport, the press service of Pulkovo states that this information is not true,” the statement said.

The press service added that the airport was open and flights were all running on schedule. The statement did note, however, that both airport entry and pre-flight security checks had been tightened.

Austrian FM Expresses Condolences, Calls for ‘Closing Ranks’ to Combat Terrorism

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz conveyed condolences on Monday to the families of St. Petersburg underground blast’s victims.

Russia Takes Measures to Protect St. Petersburg Transport Facilities After Subway Blast

Measures are being taken to strengthen the antiterrorism protection of transport facilities and transport infrastructure in St. Petersburg following the explosion in the city, the National Antiterrorism Committee (NAC) said in a statement Monday.

“In connection with the explosion in the St. Petersburg subway, NAC has issued appropriate orders and is taking the necessary measures to strengthen the antiterrorism protection of transport facilities and transport infrastructure, as well as crowded places,” the statement said.

Russia Launches Terrorist Act Case After St Petersburg Subway Blast

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a terrorist act case following the deadly blast in the Saint Petersburg subway on Monday.

All Services in St. Petersburg After Subway Blast Worked Promptly

All services in St. Petersburg after the blast in the city subway worked promptly, Russian Prosecutor General’s Office spokesman Alexander Kurennoy said Monday.

“The reaction of my colleagues from operative services was quite prompt… The progress of the check on this case has been put on control both by the city prosecutor’s office and the Prosecutor General’s Office,” Kurennoy said on the Rossiya-24 television channel.

He said Russian law enforcement agencies will determine whether security measures in the St. Petersburg subway were sufficient, adding that speaking of the explosion’s causes is premature yet.

Chechen Leader Kadyrov Calls for ‘Severely Punishing the Perpetrators of the ‘Terrible Terrorist Attack’

“It is a terrible terrorist attack, whose organizers and perpetrators must be identified and severely punished,” Kadyrov wrote in his Instagram blog.

Blast in St.Pete Metro Occurred as the Train Moved Between Stations

The explosion in St.Petersburg metro occurred as the train was moving between stations, the Investigative Committee stated on Monday.

Three-Day Mourning Declared in St Petersburg After Metro Explosion

St.Petersburg authorities declared a three-day mourning in the city starting from Tuesday after the metro explosion.

Official Data: at least 10 Dead, 37 Injured in St. Petersburg Metro Blast

At least 10 people were killed and 37 others injured in a blast in St. Petersburg metro on Monday, Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said.

“The number of victims stands at 47 at this point. Seven were killed at the site, one died while being transported to a hospital, and 39 were hospitalized. Two of the hospitalized later died from blast injuries,” Skvortsova told reporters.

“The remaining victims are receiving all necessary medical assistance. Six of them are in grave condition,” Skvortsova added.

No Threats to Washington Metro After Blasts in St. Petersburg – Police

There are no threats to the metro system in Washington, DC or planned changes to its security after the blasts in St. Petersburg, Russia earlier on Monday, Metro Transit Police told Sputnik.

“Metro Transit Police are following developments out of St. Petersburg and are receiving periodic updates from our federal law enforcement partners,” the Metro Transit Police said. “At this time, there is no specific or credible threat to Metro, and there has been no announced change in Metro’s security posture, which remains elevated.”

Egypt Offers Russia Condolences Over Explosion in St. Petersburg Metro

Egypt offers Russia its condolences over the blast in St. Petersburg underground and reiterates its warning over the threat of the spread of terrorism, the country’s Foreign Ministry said Monday in a statement.

“Egypt strongly condemns the explosion that occurred today in Russia’s second largest city St. Petersburg, offers condolences to the families of the deceased and wishes speedy recovery to the injured … Egypt expresses solidarity with the government and the people of Russia in this situation,” the statement read.

The statement also reaffirmed Egypt’s position on the danger of the spread of terrorism and urged all countries to join efforts to fight against this threat.

ICRC Offers Condolences Over St. Petersburg Explosion

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) expressed its condolences on Monday over blast in the subway in the Russian city of St. Petersburg.

“We are deeply shocked by tragedy in St. Petersburg. We offer condolences to the families of victims and wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” the ICRC wrote on Twitter.

Putin: St. Petersburg Authorities to Assist People Affected by Metro Blast

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the authorities of St. Petersburg on Monday to provide assistance to the families of people killed in the underground explosion and to the people injured in the incident.

“The authorities of the city, and the federal ones if needed, will take all necessary steps to provide help to the relatives of the killed [in the explosion] and to our wounded citizens,” Putin said, as quoted by the Kremlin’s press service.

He added that the country’s law enforcement agencies would make every effort to find out the reasons behind the deadly explosion.

 

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