Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg. US officials warned that the Kazan Cathedral was among the targets in the terror plot. As a result, Russian authorities seized a ‘significant amount of explosives.’ (But apparently not all of them)
RT Nine people have been taken to hospital following an explosion in a storage locker at a busy St. Petersburg supermarket. Over 50 people have been evacuated from the building. The Sputnik news agency has reported the Russian Investigative Committee as saying initial data shows a device stuffed with shrapnel was the likely cause of the explosion.
A statement from the committee said: “According to the preliminary assessment by explosives experts, an improvised explosive device, equivalent to 200 grams of TNT, exploded in St. Petersburg.
No one has yet claimed credit for the attack.
“There was a bang. Emergency personnel are already on the scene. The evacuation has been completed, and there was no fire,” a local Emergencies Ministry official told TASS news agency. The victims were taken to the accident ward with injuries “of variable severity.” One man refused hospitalization.
Footage showed multiple medical and police vehicles parked outside the Gigant Hall leisure center, where the Perekrestok supermarket, in which the incident occurred, is located on the ground floor.
There were thousands of visitors inside the shopping complex in the northeast of the Russian city, during what is the busiest time of the year in the run-up to the New Year celebrations.
Officials are treating the investigation as a potential mass homicide attempt. Sources told local media that the explosion was equivalent to 200g of TNT.
In April, a left 16 people dead and wounded more than 50.In April, a suicide bombing in the St. Petersburg’s subway left 16 people dead and wounded more than 50.