On April 3, 2017, the Associate Press reported an explosion in Russia that rocked St. Petersburg Monday morning, in a Twitter post, at 8:13 a.m. ET. The blast left nine dead on a metro subway in the city, as confirmed by the anti-terrorism committee in Russia. In addition to the dead, 50 people were reported injured by a shrapnel-filled device.
Witnesses stated that the explosion occurred at the Sennaya Ploschchad station. The first images showed a mangled blow-out door to a train, with people laying injured on the metro platform. Eight ambulances were seen in close proximity to the station, as reported by a witness to Reuters.
Correspondingly, reports commented that blasts occurred at two separate metro stations. Approximately at 7:40 a.m. ET, a second explosion was reported to take place in St. Petersburg’s blue branch, at the metro station in Russia. Reportedly, an explosive detonated inside the train.
However, reports from an emergency services source stated that only one explosion happened. It has been determined that the explosive device, toppling the metro in Russia, was homemade with TNT, equaling about 200 grams. An additional device was located in the subway system, that had not yet been detonated and was deactivated.
In addition to the Sennaya Ploshchad station, there have also been reports stating that the Sadovaya was affected as well. As a result of the explosion, all stations of the St Petersburg metro system, in Russia, have been closed.
Written by Carol Ruth Weber
Edited by Tracy Blake
The Associated Press: Twitter Page
CNN: Russia: 10 dead in St. Petersburg metro explosion
Market Watch: UPDATE: Explosion on St. Petersburg metro has killed at least 10 people: Russian news agency Tass
Reuters: At least 10 people may have been killed by Russia metro blast: TASS
The Telegraph: St Petersburg Metro explosion: At least 10 dead after ‘shrapnel-filled device’ explodes
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