Russia: Several injured after blast in Saint Petersburg supermarket, say police

29 December, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Explosion at Perekryostok store in St. Petersburg

"As a result, several people have been injured", the Saint Petersburg police said, giving the incident's location. Russian President Vladimir Putin says Wednesday's explosion at a supermarket in the country's second-largest city was a terrorist attack, at least 10 people were injured. The committee has opened a criminal investigation into "an attempt to kill two or more persons in a generally risky way". The bombing killed 14 people and injured nearly 50.

Four people have been taken to hospital and six victims are being treated at the scene.

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A policeman stands guard near a supermarket after an explosion in St Petersburg, Russia December 27, 2017.

The blast occurred when an improvised explosive device was detonated.

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Earlier this month, Putin thanked President Trump for a Central Intelligence Agency tip that thwarted several terror attacks in his hometown of St. Petersburg.

Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee said it was coordinating the search for suspects, and a criminal investigation had been launched. It marked the first major attack targeting Russia since October 2015, when ISIL claimed responsibility for a bomb that downed a plane carrying Russian tourists from Egypt to St. Petersburg, killing all 224 on board. "The evacuation has been completed, and there was no fire", a local Emergencies Ministry official told TASS news agency.

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It was reported that only a wall and a cash register inside the supermarket were damaged in the blast.

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