April 3, 2017 An explosion on a commuter train in the Russian city of St. Petersburg on Monday afternoon killed at least 10 people and seriously injured dozens more. The Russian government has not yet officially called the attack an act of terrorism.
The unidentified explosive device went off at 2:20 p.m. on a train as it was departing from the Technology Institute station en route to the Sennaya Square station. The St. Petersburg subway system immediately shut down all of its stations and security will be ramped up at all key transport facilities across Russia. Moscow’s deputy mayor, Maxim Liksutov said that included tightening security on the subway in the Russian capital.
The Associated Press reports that Russia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee said investigators discovered and deactivated a second bomb a couple of hours later at Vosstaniya Square by the Moscow railway station. No group has claimed credit for the St. Petersburg attack.
Russian President, Vladamir Putin, speaking from Constantine Palace in St. Petersburg, said investigators were looking into whether the train explosion was a a terror attack. Putin
offered his condolences to the families of those killed.
Monday’s blast occurred on a very busy subway route in St. Petersburg — the country’s top tourist destination.
In March 2010, 40 commuters were killed when two suicide bombers detonated on Moscow’s subway system during rush hour.
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Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."