Petersburg explosion in supermarket injures 10

Kristopher Drake
December 29, 2017

Alexander Klaus, head of the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation in St. Petersburg, confirmed the individuals had sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were admitted to hospitals.

After at least 10 people were injured when an explosive device detonated in St Petersburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the blast was a terrorist act. He went on to note that another attack was thwarted recently, a reference to an alleged series of bombings in St. Petersburg that a Central Intelligence Agency tip helped prevent, according to the Kremlin.

No-one has claimed responsibility for the explosion, which occurred at a branch of the Perekrestok supermarket chain in the city's north-west Kalininsky district. In a sign of the severity of the situation, the case was overseen by Russia's National Anti-Terror Committee even though authorities initially opened a probe into attempted murder.

Putin called the bombing an act of terrorism.

Initial reports said that two bombs had gone off, but it became clear that there was a single blast - possibly in the third carriage of the train.

Mr Putin said the security situation in Russia would be much worse, however, if thousands of Russian citizens who had fought with the so-called Islamic State militant group in Syria had been allowed to return home.

In April, a suicide bomber killed 16 and injured more than 50 in a St. Petersburg's subway.

The President announced this at the award ceremony of the defense officials, who distinguished themselves during the operation in Syria.

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