Russian subway blast leaves at least 9 dead, more than 20 hurt

An improvised bomb filled with shrapnel went off yesterday afternoon inside a subway train in St Petersburg, Russia. The blast may have been caused by an explosive device hidden in a briefcase, according to the Interfax news agency, which also said s
An improvised bomb filled with shrapnel went off yesterday afternoon inside a subway train in St Petersburg, Russia. The blast may have been caused by an explosive device hidden in a briefcase, according to the Interfax news agency, which also said surveillance cameras had captured the perpetrator.PHOTO: XINHUA

ST PETERSBURG • An explosion ripped through a train carriage yesterday afternoon in St Petersburg, Russia, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 20.

An improvised bomb filled with shrapnel went off inside the train, which was travelling between the Sennaya Square and Technology Institute stations at around 2.40pm local time (7.40pm Singapore time).

Russia's Interfax news agency said the blast may have been caused by an explosive device hidden in a briefcase, and that surveillance cameras captured the perpetrator of the explosion.

Another bomb was found at a different metro station, said the National Anti-Terrorist Committee, Russia's law enforcement body for terrorism. Police defused the bomb, even as they closed all metro stations in the city.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was in another part of the city for a meeting with Belarus' leader, said he was considering all possible causes, including terrorism. But Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev described the incident as a "terrorist act".

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said its embassy in Moscow has contacted Singaporeans who are e-registered in St Petersburg and all of them are safe. It said it has not received reports of Singaporeans directly affected by the blast.

The attack comes a day after police here sealed off Hougang MRT Station for 20 minutes, when a bag was left unattended at the platform.

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