The blast came from an unidentified explosive device, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee said. The are the first images of the suspected terrorist accused of planting the nail bomb which ripped through carriages on a St Petersburg subway train killing at least ten and injuring 50 today has emerged
The alleged bombing suspect is circled entering the metro
The terrifying incident took place on a train that was travelling between Sennaya Ploshchad and Sadovaya metro stations.
The station was evacuated and several other metro stations across Russia’s second-biggest city were shut down. The anti-terror committee said it found and deactivated another bomb at a different St. Petersburg station.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was already in his hometown, the country’s second-biggest city for planned meetings, said investigators were ruling out no cause — including terrorism.
Monday afternoon a deadly explosion hits St. Petersburg’s Sennaya Ploshchad subway station leaving over 10 dead and 50 people injured
If the subway bombing turns out to be a terror attack, it would be the deadliest one on Russian soil since suicide bombings in the southern city of Volgograd killed 34 people in 2013. ISIS militants also shot down a Russian airliner traveling from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt to St. Petersburg in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board.
Video of the carnage left after the explosion
Second unexploded bomb found disguised as a fire extinguisher was discovered at a second St Petersburg subway station
Russian media outlets released pictures of the bearded suspect who is wearing a long, black top and a hat and is thought to have caused carnage by detonating the bomb which sent shrapnel shredding through the train.
Dozens have been injured, including children, as it was reported the man left a briefcase on a train before moving carriages moments before the deadly blast and a second explosive device was found and defused in a nearby station.
Bloodied passengers were left strewn across the platform in the Russian city as emergency services scrambled to save those wounded by the bomb and the resulting shards of glass and twisted metal.
Russian president Vladimir Putin was already in his hometown of St Petersburg today for talks with the president of Belarus and confirmed ‘there are dead and injured’, offering his condolences to the families of those killed.
An injured man is being wheeled away by EMTs after the St Petersburg subway blast, Monday afternoon
Russian officials and several media outlets have identified this man as the suspected terrorist who killed 12 people in St Petersburg
A conflux of emergency service vehicles outside the outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, Monday
One of the casualties is helped by EMTs outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, following explosions in two train carriages in St Petersburg, Russia April 3, 2017
The Kremlin leader, who wanted to visit the scene in the aftermath of the attack but was held back by security services, said: ‘I have already spoken to the head of our special services, they are working to ascertain the cause of the blasts. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov however, denied earlier speculation that President Putin was due to pass by the Sennaya Metro station around the time of the blast.
‘The causes are not clear, it’s too early. We will look at all possible causes, terrorism as well as common crime.’
Interfax news agency is citing an unidentified source who says the suspect in Monday’s blast might have left the explosive device in a bag.
The explosion happened between the Sennaya Ploshchad station and Tekhnologichesky Institut at around 2.40pm local time, Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee said.
Earlier reports indicated a backpack had been thrown onto the train and witnesses also suggested there had been multiple explosions, but officials confirmed just the one blast.
Russian security agencies did find an explosive device at a different metro station in central St Petersburg and made it safe, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said in a statement.
The device was found at the Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station, a different location from where a blast earlier took place.
Other witnesses also described a man leaving a briefcase on one carriage before moving to another just seconds before the huge explosion.
Commuter empty the train as sSmoke fills the air at the platform of the metro station after two nail bombs were detonated
A victim is shown being treated at the scene as blood pours from his head and onto his shirt
As reports of the suspected terror attack hit Moscow, the capital city heightened its security and local while reports suggest three metro stations – Nagatinskaja, Savelovskaya and Ugrezhskaya were cordoned off due to suspicious packages.
This commuter with an injured arm was seen walking outside Sennaya Ploshchad station, following explosions in two train carriages at the metro station
A witnesses told Russia’s Life News: ‘People were bleeding, their hair burned. We were told to move to the exit, because the movement stopped. People just fled.
‘My girlfriend was in the next car that exploded. She said that he began to shake. When she came out, she saw that people were mutilated.’
Eight bodies were recovered from the carriage while two more were found on the platform and the final two killed were found in the tunnel.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was in St Petersburg for a summit with the Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko [right].
Russian President Vladimir Putin says investigators are examining all causes for the blast in St Petersburg today – including terrorism.
And while no-one has yet come forward to claim responsibility, the country’s security services have previously said they had foiled ‘terrorist attacks’ on Moscow’s public transport system by militants.
An attack on St Petersburg, Russia’s old imperial capital, would have some symbolic force for any militant group, especially ISIS or Chechen secessionist rebels.
ISIS, which has drawn recruits from the ranks of Chechen rebels, has also threatened attacks across Russia in retaliation for the Kremlin’s military intervention in war-torn Syria. Russia has been on particular alert against radicalized Chechen militants returning from the battlefield in Syria – and wary of any attempts to resume attacks that dogged the country several years ago.
Just days ago, the Kremlin said authorities had detained one of the attackers who carried out a deadly strike on a military base in Chechnya, in which six soldiers and six rebels died.
ISIS claimed they downed this Russian Metrojet liner
ISIS claimed responsibility for the March 24 attack, which targeted a base of Russia’s National Guard, a new branch of troops which answers directly to Putin and is tasked with defending borders and counter extremism.
Survivors attempt to save those injured by the nail bombs detonated on the train. A Bloodied woman is seen crouching over an injured male passenger after the blast
A male eyewitness said: ‘It’s just like a war here. Every special service is here, the FSB, police, and multiple – really a lot of them – ambulances.
‘I don’t think I’ve ever seen to many paramedics in my life. Something completely horrible is happening here.’
The Life News website showed pictures of blown-out train doors and several injured people on the station platform.
Metro bosses said there were reports of a blast – from an improvised explosive device – inside a train.
The subway’s administration says several stations in the northern Russian city have been closed and that an evacuation is underway Monday afternoon.
Russian news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been informed about the explosion.
Islamic State supporters have celebrated the explosions in St Petersburg saying it was revenge for Syrian air strikes.
Devastation, death and blood left behind with the debris after the explosion on the metro in St Petersburg ripped through a train carriage causing carnage
An ISIS supporter from the al-Minbar online forum said: ‘We ask Allah to bless the operation by the lions of the Caliphate, we ask Allah to kill the Crusaders.’
Others, according to Vocativ, said it was ‘a metro to hell for the worshipers of the cross’.
Russia has killed hundreds in air strikes against the terror group in the Middle East.
Putin is in discussion with the Director of the Federal Security Service who is inside the affected subway.
Polina, who was in the carriage next to the where explosion erupted, said: ‘There was quite a lot of people in the carriage: everyone was sitting, some were standing.
‘The explosion occurred between Sennaya and Technological Institute stations.
‘There was a deafening boom, and then a strong odour and smoke.
‘We immediately went to another end of the car. It was very crowded.
‘Everything was happening on the move, the train didn’t stop. At Technological Institute everyone got off.’
‘We saw that the next car was teared apart, windows were broken, no lights, blood. People were dragged out of it, some were carried, some were walking with support.
An injured woman is being evacuated by emergency services outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, following explosions in two train carriages on Monday
‘There was a lot of injured. I don’t know if there were dead, we left in about two minutes.’
There were fears a second, unexploded bomb was left on a platform on the network in St Petersburg, but it transpired to be an abandoned bag.
A subway worker who asked not to be named told local press: ‘The second carriage exploded.
‘The explosion was such a force that the flesh burned, people were in scrapes of the flesh, blood everywhere.’
Another witness said: ‘Many people have sandy traces on their faces.
‘Its not clear what bomb it was, no-one figured it yet. People are panicking, many are calling their mothers.’
The face of the injured: A blood splattered commuter walks away from the scene that killed at least 12 people and injured 50 more
Anna, who was at the station at the moment of explosion: ‘People were lying down, all black, scary, with a horrible smell of burned flesh.’
Another eyewitness said: ‘Everyone was ready for death in the metro carriage.
‘After the explosion everyone was waiting for the consequences. Then we were taken out, people started helping each other, walking others out, most of them were in blood.’
Shortly after the explosion, St Petersburg governor, Georgy Poltavchenko issued a statement trying to assuage the fears of residents: “Today, in our city there was a terrible tragedy. As a result of the explosion in the subway people died. Many of the passengers were injured.
I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and relatives. I wish a speedy recovery to those injured,” Poltavchenko said.
“Law enforcement authorities and all city services are doing everything necessary, which should be done in an emergency. Medical services provide all necessary assistance to the victims.
“In this difficult time we all need to support those who lost their loved ones. I ask all of Petersburgers and guests of our city to be vigilant, attentive and careful, with all the responsibility to treat what is happening.
“Saint-Petersburg Government will provide all necessary assistance to the families of those killed and injured,” Gov. Poltavchenko said in his statement.
EMTs attend to an injured woman outside Technological Institute metro station in Saint Petersburg, Monday afternoon
President Putin who is visiting the city today and is expected to hold talks with the Belarusian president later in the day.
Sennaya Ploshad is one of the Russian city’s main metro stations, where three underground lines connect.
It is beneath the large ‘Sennaya’ shopping centre as well as the offices of Gazprombank, Russia’s third largest bank.
The St Petersburg metro said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies that it has closed two stations, two neighbouring stations on one line, Technological Institute and Sennaya Ploshchad. It is evacuating all passengers.
‘Evacuation of passengers is ongoing, there are people injured,’ it said.
‘An unidentified object supposedly blew up in a [train] carriage.’
Fire and Rescue service staffers line the streets of St Petersburg in the immediate aftermath of Moday’s bomb explosion
Fire and Rescue service staffers could be seen lined on the streets of St Petersburg in the immediate aftermath of the blast that has claimed at least 12 lives. Meanwhile, emergency vehicles and a helicopter are seen at the entrance to Technological Institute metro station in St Petersburg on April 3, 2017 as city authorities tried to calm the residents
Cops guard the area at the entrance to Technological Institute metro station in St Petersburg after the nail bomb explosion of Monday afternoon