The world was rocked by yet another terrorist attack on Monday, this time in St. Petersburg, Russia, where a nail bomb exploded on a subway train.
Daily Mail reported that at least 12 were killed and 50 more were injured in the blast, which took place as the train was travelling between Sennaya Ploshchad and Sadovaya stations. Russian President Vladimir Putin had been visiting his hometown of St. Petersburg today for talks with the president of Belarus. He wanted to visit the site of the explosion, but was held back by security services.
“I have already spoken to the head of our special services, they are working to ascertain the cause of the blasts,” Putin said. “The causes are not clear, it’s too early. We will look at all possible causes, terrorism as well as common crime.”
The first explosion occurred at Sennaya Ploshchad, and minutes later, a second explosion was reported at the Sadovaya stop at 2.40pm local time.
“People were bleeding, their hair burned. We were told to move to the exit, because the movement stopped. People just fled,” a witness said. “My girlfriend was in the next car that exploded. She said that he began to shake. When she came out, she saw that people were mutilated.”
Eight bodies were found in the train while two were found on the platform. The other two bodies were found inside the tunnel.
“It’s just like a war here. Every special service is here, the FSB, police, and multiple – really a lot of them – ambulances,” another witness said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen to many paramedics in my life. Something completely horrible is happening here.”
It is not known at this time who was responsible for this attack. We will update you further as this story develops.