At least 9 people were killed and more than 20 others injured in an explosion that blasted a metro train as it traveled between two stations in Russia’s second-biggest city St. Petersburg, Russian media reported Monday.
Earlier reports said 10 people had been killed, but the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said there were nine deaths caused by “an unidentified explosive device” that detonated while a train was traveling between the Tekhnologichesky Institut station and the Sennaya Ploschchad station at about 2.40 p.m. local time, news agency Tass reported.
Images showed a metro door blown off and injured passengers on a platform.
Rescue workers and law enforcement were on the scene, and the St. Petersburg metro system was shut down, according to reports. Security has been beefed up at St. Petersburg’s airport, Pulkovo, according to Tass.
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Andrey Przhezdomsky, a spokesperson for the National Anti-Terrorist Committee, told the Rossiya-24 TV news channel that a makeshift explosive device was found and defused at the Ploshchad Vosstaniya station, Tass reported.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, a native of St. Petersburg (then Leningrad), said the heads of security services have been called in to try to determine a cause, and that all causes, including terrorism, were being considered.
“Naturally, we always consider all options — both domestic and criminal, and above all actions of a terrorist nature,” he said at a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The capital city Moscow’s subway system has been the subject of two attacks. In 2010, suicide bombers killed 40 people and injured another 90. In 2004, 40 people were killed by an explosion in the Moscow metro system, while more than 130 people were injured.