Attack at metro station in St Petersburg in Russia (Image: RT)
A powerful blast inside a train of St. Petersburg Metro station killed at least 10 passengers and injured more than 50 people on Monday.
According to the transit system’s management, an evacuation is underway and some metro stations have been closed for entry.
Few news agencies said the blast happened at the Sennaya station of the northwestern Russian city’s underground transit system.
“The Saint Petersburg prosecutor’s office has begun to investigate the blast in a train carriage” at the Technological Institute metro station’s platform, the prosecutors’ statement said.
A source in the emergencies services told Russian news agencies that “around ten people were killed”, according to preliminary information.
The station is a busy hub of the underground network in the centre of Russia’s second largest city.
The Saint Petersburg metro said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies that it has closed two stations, Technological Institute and Sennaya Ploshchad—two neighbouring stations on one line—and is evacuating all passengers.
“Evacuation of passengers is ongoing, there are people injured,” it said. “An unidentified object supposedly blew up in a (train) carriage.”
President Vladimir Putin, who is holding a meeting near Saint Petersburg in his official Strelna presidential palace, offered “condolences” to those hurt in the blast.
Following the reports, the Moscow metro also announced that it is “taking additional security measures” as required by law in such situations, according to the network’s official Twitter account.
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В Петербурге на станции "Технологический институт" произошёл взрыв в вагоне метро. pic.twitter.com/vx3PoLbCgJ— Лентач (@the_lentach) April 3, 2017
В Питере взрыв в метро pic.twitter.com/HZvq7tqwXd— Philipp Kireev (@mynameisphiIipp) April 3, 2017