A bomb went off approximately at 11:30 am on Monday in St. Petersburg after the train left the Sennaya Ploshchad station while it was heading south towards the Technology Institute station.
Initially, there were reports of two bombs, but it was later discovered that all the damage resulted from one single blast eminating from approximately the third cart on the train.
Seven people were dead immediately, one person died in transit to the hospital and then there were two more fatalities that were confirmed later in the hospital. Dozens of people were wounded and were taken to four city hospitals.
The train conductor continued driving after the blast and his bravery ended up saving lives, because his actions allowed victims to escape from the shambles of the train that remained.
The first bomb was allegedly left in an unattended briefcase and consisted mostly of TNT. A second device was found propped up against a wall, but was quickly found and successfully diffused.
As of now, no organization has taken credit for this attack, but there is some CCTV footage of a bearded man wearing a black hat and coat. It is not known if the man survived the blast.
Early indications were that the bomb was an improvised device made out of the explosive TNT and was possibly hidden in a briefcase close to the carriage doors. Pictures from the scene showed mangled doors and bodies on the floor of the platform.
Minutes later another device was found propped up against a wall at another city metro station, Ploshchad Vosstaniya. That was safely defused and reports said it contained 1kg of TNT, more than used in the original blast.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev described the blast as a “terrorist act” and Russia’s investigative committee said it was opening a criminal inquiry under article 205 of the criminal code which refers specifically to terrorist acts. The committee said that all other possibilities were being investigated too.
No organisation has said it carried out the attack but a local website Fontanka.ru and Ren TV published a photo captured by CCTV cameras of a bearded man wearing a black hat and coat. It is not known if he survived the blast. At the time of the explosion
President Vladimir Putin was just outside Russia’s second city, meeting Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at the Konstantin palace in Strelna. The St Petersburg metro was shut down and three days of mourning declared. Traffic in surrounding streets and in much of central St Petersburg was brought to a standstill for hours, and volunteers offered lifts via social media to people trying to get home.