A Deadly Explosion Kills At Least 11 People In A St. Petersburg, Russia Train Station

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04.03.17 3 Comments

According to the Russian News Agency TASS and other state-run or friendly media outlets, at least 11 people were killed Monday afternoon when an explosion went off in a busy train station in St. Petersburg, Russia. CNN notes the explosion occurred in the same subway car, at the same time, while it was parked in the busy metro station. BBC News initially reported the precise cause of the explosion at the Sennaya Ploshchad station wasn’t known, though the Associated Press later indicated an “explosive device was set off” on the train. No details were available at the time.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told state-controlled media that Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was in St. Petersburg for a speaking engagement early Monday, was aware of the blast. Whether or not Putin’s visit has to do with the explosion — let along whether or not he was a target — remains to be seen. Emergency crews are still on the scene attending to the dead and injured.

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