At Least 10 Dead After Russia Subway Explosion

Dozens more are injured in St. Petersburg
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 3, 2017 7:53 AM CDT
Reports: At Least 10 Dead in Russia Subway Explosion
File photo of commuters on a platform in the St. Petersburg subway system.   (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

At least 10 people were killed and 50 others injured Monday when an explosion ripped through a subway train in St. Petersburg, the spokesman for the city's governor told Russian television. President Vladimir Putin, who was visiting the city on an unrelated trip Monday, said investigators were looking into whether the explosion was a terror attack or if there might have been some other cause, per the AP. Russia's National Anti-Terrorist Committee said an unidentified explosive device went off on a train that was traveling between two stations. Maxim Liksutov, Moscow's deputy mayor, told Interfax that Moscow authorities were tightening security on the subway in the Russian capital.

The agency that runs the subway said several stations in the northern Russian city were closed and that an evacuation was underway. Social media users posted photographs and video from a subway station in the city center, showing people lying on the floor outside a train with a mangled door. Frantic commuters reached into doors and windows, trying to see if anyone was there and shouting, "Call an ambulance!" The explosion happened between the Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations. (More St. Petersburg stories.)

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