10 reportedly injured after blast rips through supermarket in St Petersburg

Saul Bowman
December 30, 2017

The explosion happened in the Russian city of St Petersburg. Over a dozen people were murdered in the terrorist attack.

At least 10 people have been injured by an explosion at a supermarket in St Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city and the site of a deadly subway bombing earlier this year.

The Egyptian foreign ministry's statement renewed Egypt's call for the need to unite worldwide efforts to fight terrorism and its funding resources. "At the moment, the lives of those injured are not under threat", Alexander Klaus, head of the St. Petersburg investigative committee, told Reuters.

The incident took place in the Perekrestok supermarket, which is located on the ground floor of the Gigant Hall leisure centre in the city's northwest Kalininsky district.

Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee said it was coordinating the search for suspects, and a criminal investigation had been launched.

Officials said yesterday the blast was caused by a "homemade explosive device with the power equivalent to 200 grammes of TNT filled with lethal fragments". "Emergency personnel are already on the scene".

Ten people were injured in the attack.

Initial reports said that two bombs had gone off, but it became clear that there was a single blast - possibly in the third carriage of the train.

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