The blasts occurred within a few minutes of each other at two separate Metro stations. They appear to have been caused by improvised nail bombs. Russian president Vladimir Putin was in St. Petersburg for talks with the president of Belarus.
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BREAKING NEWS: Two nail bombs on St Petersburg metro rip through carriages, killing at least 10 as Putin visits city for meeting
- The blast occurred at Sennaya Ploshchad train station in St Petersburg, Russia
- Eight ambulances raced to the scene of the carnage caused by a huge explosion
- Metro officials reported blast was from an improvised explosive device on board
- At least 10 people have been reported to have been killed by two explosions
- 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.
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.
Metro bosses said there were reports of a blast – possibly 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.
Putin is in discussion with the Director of the Federal Security Service who is inside the affected subway.
The leader of the Kremlin 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.