Two blasts in two separate locations left 10 dead and more than 50 injured — including some children.
The incident occurred in St. Petersburg, where Vladimir Putin is meeting with President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus.
The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has said that Putin has been informed and is meeting with the Director of the Federal Security Service about the explosion.
Putin has also released a statement to ‘keep an open mind’ about the cause of the attack as it is too early to determine the possible motive.
An investigation is underway looking into ‘possible terror’ as well as ‘common crime’.
Two nail bombs on the metro in St Petersburg ripped through train carriages killing at least 10 people today.
The incident occurred at two separate locations including Sennaya Ploshchad train station leaving at least 50 injured including children.
Vladimir Putin is in his hometown of St Petersburg today for talks with the president of Belarus and has confirmed ‘there are dead and injured’ and offered his condolences to the families of those killed.
Investigators are looking into a possible terror attack as well as keeping an open mind to the motive of the subway blast, the Kremlin leader said.
He said: ‘I have already spoken to the head of our special services, they are working to ascertain the cause of the blasts.
‘The causes are not clear, it’s too early. We will look at all possible causes, terrorism as well as common crime.’
The first blast is thought to have happened at Sennaya Ploshchad before a second explosion was reported at the Sadovaya stop at 2.40pm local time.
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 ambulances are said to be at the scene and there are pictures emerging of bodies strewn across the platform.
The Life News website showed pictures of blown-out train doors and several injured people on the station platform.
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Frightened commuters still managed to capture the aftermath.
See the damage to the train car:
Smoke lingering in the subway:
The ambulances outside ready to transport the injured:
The bombs were loaded with nails and shrapnel to cause maximum damage.