At least 10 killed after explosion hits metro in St. Petersburg, Russia

2017-04-03 14:30

St Petersburg - Around 10 people were killed Monday in a blast on the metro system of Russia's second city Saint Petersburg, a source in emergencies services told Russian news agencies.

Andrei Kibitov, spokesperson for the St Petersburg governor, has told Russian television 10 people have been killed and 50 injured in the subway explosion.

In Moscow, Deputy Mayor Maxim Liksutov told the Interfax news agency that Moscow authorities are tightening security on the subway in the Russian capital.

Images posted on social media showed a train carriage with its doors blown out and damage inside.

Frantic commuters reach out into the doors and windows, trying to see if anyone is there and shouting "Call an ambulance!"

Russian Senator Viktor Ozerov tells Interfax that the explosion looks like a terrorist attack.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is in the city, has been informed, Russian media say.

"An evacuation from the stations is ongoing, there are people injured," the Saint Petersburg metro said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies.

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