‘At least 10 killed’ after explosion on St Petersburg underground

Ten people have died after a blast on the underground system in St Petersburg, Russia’s anti-terrorism committee has said. Interfax and RIA news agencies said two blasts have been reported on the Russian city’s Metro. Reuters said blasts have taken place in two train carriages at two stations. Three stations have been closed, according to local media outlet Fontanka. Interfax also said 10 had died, with about 20 injured. Russian president Vladimir Putin, who is due to visit the city on Monday, confirmed there are dead and injured.

An unidentified object supposedly blew up in a (train) carriage.

St Petersburg underground railway

He expressed his condolences and said he had spoken to the heads of the security services, who are trying to establish the cause. At least one of the devices was filled with shrapnel, according to an Interfax source. Mr Putin said the cause was not yet clear but terrorism has not been ruled out. A Reuters witness said they saw eight ambulances near the Sennaya Ploshchad station and footage broadcast on local TV showed activity by the authorities outside the station entrance.