A powerful blast inside a train of St. Petersburg Metro station killed at least 10 passengers and injured more than 50 people on Monday.Â
According to the transit systemâ€™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 cityâ€™s underground transit system.
â€œThe Saint Petersburg prosecutorâ€™s office has begun to investigate the blast in a train carriageâ€ at the Technological Institute metro stationâ€™s platform, the prosecutorsâ€™ statement said.
A source in the emergencies services told Russian news agencies that â€œaround ten people were killedâ€, according to preliminary information.
The station is a busy hub of the underground network in the centre of Russiaâ€™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 Ploshchadâ€”two neighbouring stations on one lineâ€”and is evacuating all passengers.
â€œEvacuation of passengers is ongoing, there are people injured,â€ it said. â€œAn unidentified object supposedly blew up in a (train) carriage.â€
President Vladimir Putin, who is holding a meeting near Saint Petersburg in his official Strelna presidential palace, offered â€œcondolencesâ€ to those hurt in the blast.
Following the reports, the Moscow metro also announced that it is â€œtaking additional security measuresâ€ as required by law in such situations, according to the networkâ€™s official Twitter account.
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