Death toll from Russia subway bomb reaches 11

2017-04-03 23:01
An Orthodox priest leads a service in memory of those killed by a bomb blast in the St Petersburg subway. (Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr, AP)

An Orthodox priest leads a service in memory of those killed by a bomb blast in the St Petersburg subway. (Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr, AP)

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St Petersburg - Russia's top anti-terror agency says the death toll in the subway bombing has reached 11.

The National Anti-Terrorism Committee says another 45 people wounded in Monday's explosion are being treated at hospitals.

Officials previously had said that 10 people were killed and about 40 were wounded when an explosive device rigged with shrapnel went off on a subway train in the centre of St Petersburg.

Two suspects

City authorities shut the entire subway system after the blast. Law enforcement agents found an unexploded bomb at another subway station and defused it.

The Interfax news agency reported earlier that police were searching for two suspects suspected of involvement.

The agency quoted an unidentified law enforcement official saying that authorities had identified the suspected attacker as a 23-year old national of an ex-Soviet Central Asian nation. It didn't name the suspect or the country.

Russian news reports had previously said that police were seeking a man caught on security cameras who was suspected of leaving a bomb behind him on a subway train.

Russian media published photos of the suspect wearing what appeared to be a skullcap characteristic of Russia's Muslim regions.

Interfax later quoted a law enforcement official saying that the man in the video had gone to police to profess his innocence.

Terrible thing

Meanwhile White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the US was prepared to offer assistance to Russia.

He said: "Attacks like these on ordinary citizens just going about their lives remind us that the world must work as one to prevent violence in all forms".

President Donald Trump earlier denounced the attack as "absolutely a terrible thing."

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

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