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St Petersburg metro blast: What we know so far

A blast has ripped through an underground train in Russia's second-largest city, killing at least 14 people and injuring dozens more.

Here's everything we know so far:

The blast took place between two stations in St Petersburg Credit: ITV News
  • At approximately 14:40 local time on Monday (11:20 GMT), an explosion ripped through an underground train in St Petersburg, Russia.
  • The explosion occurred as the train was travelling between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations.
  • Instead of stopping in between stations after the blast, the driver chose to continue to Tekhnologichesky Instituta.
  • Russia's Investigative Committee praised the diver for aiding evacuation efforts and reducing the danger of surviving passengers.
  • The entire St Petersburg underground system - which serves two million people a day - was shut down and evacuated.
  • Hours later, Russia's Anti-Terrorism Committee said they found and deactivated a bomb, rigged with shrapnel disguised as a fire extinguisher, at another station - Vosstaniya Square station.
  • Authorities in Russia identified a 23-year-old man from Central Asia for being responsible for the blast.
  • Intelligence officials in Kyrgyzstan have since identified the suspect as a Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen.
  • They said the suspect was a suicide bomber and carried an explosive device onto the train in a rucksack. He is believed to have links with radical Islamists.
  • Police believe the same man, not a second suspect, planted the bomb at Vosstaniya Square station.
  • President Putin says all causes are being considered, including terrorism - however Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has described the blast as a "terrorist attack".

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