An explosion occurred on Monday resulting in the death of 11 people and the injury of 45 when an explosion occurred between two underground stations in St. Petersburg, Russia. The head of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee in Russia says that the explosion hit a train as it was going between two stations.
The explosives device was found later and disarmed at another nearby station. The intial report shows that there were actually two explosions, one at each station in Sennaya and Ploshchad.
There are videos of people being carried off in stretchers, some of which are covered in blood. Many victims leapt from the train to safety after the explosion.
Senior investigator Svetlana Petrenko told Russian media the train driver’s decision to continue to the next station almost certainly helped save lives, as it allowed people to be rescued quickly. Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said 10 people had died – seven at the scene, one in an ambulance and two in hospital. The death toll was later raised to 11.
Andrei Przhezdomsky, the head of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee, said the explosion was caused by “an unidentified explosive device” but that the exact cause had yet to be determined.
President Vladimir Putin said all causes, especially terrorism, were being investigated. He was in St Petersburg at the time of the blast, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. The discovery of an explosive device at another station, Ploshchad Vosstaniya, indicates the attack was deliberate, and reports in Russia say the explosion came from a briefcase left on the train.