Yesterday, Monday April 3, a blast ripped the metro train in Saint Petersburg, while travelling between two metro stations, killing at least 11 and injuring more than 40 people. Police suspects terrorist attack but so far no group has claimed responsibility of the attack.
Around 2.20 p.m. local time a bomb exploded in the metro train near Sennaya Ploshchad metro station. The driver of the train decided to continue to the next station Tekhnologichesky Institute rather than stop in the middle of the tunnel, an act he was praised for as it allowed people to exit the metro quicker and eased the work of the rescuers.
Shortly after the blast another unexploded device was found at another of central metro stations in St. Petersburg, which made the authorities close the entire underground transport system. That lead to havoc in the city since more than 2 mln people travel by the metro everyday. The second bomb was disguised as a fire extinguisher.
The authorities suspect that the second bomb was laid there by the same person who detonated the homemade device hidden in a briefcase full of shrapnel in the train.
President Vladimir Putin was in St. Petersburg earlier that day but has left before the bombing. He returned to the city to lay flowers at the Tekhnologichesky Institute station around 11 p.m. Monday evening.
Security was increased in the Moscow Metro system and at other major transportation facilities across Russia.