Petersburg official says 10 dead, 50 hurt


While suspects are yet to be identified, RT recalls the worst bombings that have struck Russia's transportation system in recent years.

- December 2013: Back-to-back suicide bombings in the southern Russian city of Volgograd kill 34 and injure 100 others.

A bomb blast at a St Petersburg, Russia, metro station has caused an unknown number of deaths. The driver chose to continue on to the next station, Technological Institute, a decision praised by Russia's Investigative Committee as aiding evacuation efforts and reducing the danger that passengers would die by trying to walk along the subway's electrified tracks.

Alexander Kurennoi, a spokesman for the Russian prosecutor-general's office, now says it is too early to say anything about the causes of the blast.

Another passenger at the Sennaya station, Stanislav Listyev, said he felt the explosion and saw smoke coming out of the tunnel. "Firefighters shouted us to run for the exit and everyone ran".

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A second device was found and defused at another station, Russia's Anti-terrorist Committee said.

State news agency TASS also reported that there was only one blast between the two stations, Sennaya Ploshad and Tekhnologicheskii Institute.

Interfax news agency cited unnamed sources as saying the bomb, packed with shrapnel, may have been hidden in a train carriage inside a briefcase.

Images on social media showed a train at a station with its doors blown out, and the dead and injured lying on the platform.

Metro commuters have described scenes of horror Monday following the subway blast in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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"If I hadn't been running late, I could have been there", she told The Associated Press.

In 2004, 40 people were killed by an explosion in the Moscow metro system, while more than 130 people were injured.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for attack and Russian Federation hasn't blamed terrorism yet.

Russia's Prime Minister Dimtry Medvedev called the incident a "terrorist attack" and said, "All those who were injured in the terrorist attack in St Petersburg metro will receive all the medical help they need".

The rebellion there has been largely crushed, but security experts say Russia's military intervention in Syria has made Russian Federation a potential target for Islamic State attacks. Most victims were Russian nationals, but citizens of Tajikistan, Germany, Uzbekistan, the UK, Austria, and Ukraine were also among the victims.

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