10 injured in St Petersburg supermarket explosion

Update 7.25pm: At least 10 people have been injured by an explosion at a supermarket in St. Petersburg, Russian officials say.

The Investigative Committee, the nation's top investigative agency, said a device containing 200 grams of explosives went off at a storage area for customers' bags on Wednesday.

No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion at a branch of the Perekrestok supermarket chain in the city's northwest Kalininsky district.

Alexander Klaus, the chief of the local branch of the Investigative Committee, said 10 people were in hospital with injuries.

A criminal investigation has been launched.

Viktoria Gordeyeva, who walked past the supermarket shortly after the explosion, said people were afraid to enter other stores in the area.

"There was no panic, but people were reluctant to enter a nearby drug store and a grocery store," she said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned US President Donald Trump earlier this month to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg earlier this month.

The Federal Security Service, or FSB, said seven suspects linked to the Islamic State group were arrested in connection to the alleged plot.

The Kremlin said the arrested suspects had planned to bomb St. Petersburg's Kazan Cathedral and other crowded sites.

In April, a suicide bombing in the St. Petersburg's subway left 16 people dead and wounded more than 50.

Earlier (6.08pm): Explosion injures several people at St Petersburg supermarket 

A number of people have been injured by an explosion at a supermarket in St Petersburg, according to news reports in Russia.

Russian news agencies quoted St Petersburg’s branch of the Emergencies Ministry as saying that a device containing 200 grams of explosives went off on Wednesday at a storage area for customers’ bags.

The explosion happened at the market in the city’s north-west Kalininsky district.

The Investigative Committee has sent experts to look into the explosion.

Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned US President Donald Trump earlier this month to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St Petersburg.

In April, a suicide bombing in the St Petersburg subway left 16 people dead and wounded more than 50.

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 - Press Association 


 

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