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St Petersburg metro blast: 'Device hidden in suitcase'

Emergency services gather outside Tekhnologichesky Institut metro station. Credit: PA

The explosion on the St Petersburg metro system may have been caused by a device hidden inside a suitcase, according to Interfax News Agency.

The agency, quoting unnamed sources, also said surveillance cameras had captured images of what they said were the organisers of the explosion.

In a public address, St Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko appealed for the "citizens of St. Petersburg and guests of our city to be alert, attentive and cautious and to behave in a responsible matter in light of events."

At least nine killed and 20 injured in metro blast

An image taken from video footage filmed at Technological Institute metro station. Credit: AP

At least nine people are believed to have been killed and 20 injured after an explosion in St Petersburg, according to Russia security officials.

Russia's National Anti-Terrorist Committee also confirmed the blast occurred between the Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut metro stations in the city.


Russia security officials 'find and deactivate' another bomb

The scene at Tekhnologichesky Institut subway station in St Petersburg. Credit: AP

Security agencies in St Petersburg have found and deactivated an explosive device at another metro station in the Russian city, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said.

The device was found at Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station, a different location from where an earlier blast took place.

Footage shows 'aftermath of St Petersburg metro blast'

Video footage posted on social media appears to show the aftermath of one of two blasts which have left at least 10 people dead on the St Petersburg metro.

The footage shows people walking through smoke-filled corridors of one of the underground stations.


Russian President Putin offers condolences to victims

Russian president Vladimir Putin said he had spoken to heads of security services. Credit: AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered his condolences to the victims of the St Petersburg metro explosion.

Mr Putin, who was visiting the city today on an unrelated trip, said it is not yet clear what the cause of the blast was.

He added all causes, including terrorism, are being considered.

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