St Petersburg Metro Explosion

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by Elina Peura

There was an explosion on St Petersburg metro on Monday around 2.30pm local time; It is being investigated as terror an attack. No terrorist organization has claimed the attack yet.

The bomb blast happened when the train had left the Sennaya Ploshchads metro station on the way to Tekhnologicheskii Institut and the driver decided to continue there for easier evacuation after the explosion.

14 people died and 51 were injured by the explosion.  The Russian anti-terrorism agency reports that a second bomb was found and defused at Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station. It was masked to look like fire an extinguisher and would have been much more powerful if exploded, according to the Interfax News Agency.

It was first believed that the bomb was left in the metro, but later, the Interfax News Agency reported it was actually caused by a suicide bomber and there are two suspects.

The first one is a 22-year old man from Central Asia who had connections to radical Islamic terrorist organizations and he died during the attack.

The Russian TASS  News agency reports that a young woman from Central Asia is suspected of bomb attacks. She is also claimed to have connections to radical Islam.

At the moment Sennaya Ploshchad metro station is closed again because of anonymous threat calls; also Dostojevskaja Station in St Petersburg is closed for security reasons.

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, was in St Petersburg at the moment of the terror attack; there is speculation about whether the attack was planned to occur during his visit.

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