2 sought in Russia subway bombing that killed 10

2017-04-03 20:09
(Pavel Golovkin, AP)

(Pavel Golovkin, AP)

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St Petersburg -The Russian Interfax news agency says Russian law enforcement agencies are searching for two suspects in the St Petersburg subway bombing.

The news agency is quoting law enforcement sources as saying that police are looking for a man who is believed to have planted a device that exploded in a subway car on Monday, killing 10 and wounding about 40.

Interfax says authorities are also looking for another person suspected of leaving a second bomb at a subway station. That device was discovered and defused by authorities before it exploded.

Heading to hospital

Earlier Russian law enforcement agencies confirmed that the explosive device was found and defused at Vosstaniya Square station and that it had been rigged with shrapnel.

Russia's health minister said that 10 people died in the subway explosion. Seven died on the spot, another in an ambulance heading to hospital and two others died at the hospital.

Russian news reports say that a security camera has caught a person who could be responsible for a blast on St Petersburg subway.

The Interfax news agency is citing an unidentified source who says the suspect might have left the explosive device in a bag. It didn't explain why the man was believed to be the culprit.

Public transport

Meanwhile France's Interior Ministry is reinforcing security measures on public transport in the Paris region after the deadly bomb blast in Russia.

French Interior Minister Mathias Fekl said the decision was a "measure of precaution" after the explosion in St Petersburg.

The statement provided no further information about the reinforced security.

Armed soldiers patrol subways, airports, museums and other sites around France as part of heightened security measures imposed after deadly Islamic extremist attacks in 2015.

The French Embassy in Russia urged French citizens anywhere in the country to exercise "the most extreme vigilance" and avoid public transport.


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