Putin Declares St. Petersburg Blast Terrorism


Footage showed multiple medical and police vehicles parked outside the Gigant Hall leisure centre, where the Perekrestok supermarket, in which the incident occurred, is located on the ground floor.

At least 13 people were injured Wednesday evening after an improvised explosive device went off at a storage area for customers' bags at the supermarket in St. Petersburg.

Fifty people were evacuated from the supermarket, at one of the busiest times of year after the blast, which fortunately killed no one. The committee has opened a criminal investigation into "an attempt to kill two or more persons in a generally risky way".

Sky News reported that four people were taken to hospital after the explosion. The bombing killed 14 people and injured nearly 50. "At the moment, the lives of those injured are not under threat".

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Over a dozen people were murdered in the terrorist attack.

An investigator works inside the supermarket after an explosion, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. No person or group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

While Russian law enforcement agencies stopped short of immediately describing the blast as a terror attack, Putin did not mince words Thursday at a Kremlin awards ceremony for Russian troops who fought in Syria.

"There was a bang. The evacuation has been completed, and there was no fire", a local Emergencies Ministry official told TASS news agency.