On Monday, at least 11 people were killed in a blast on the St. Petersburg metro located in Russia’s second largest city. European news agencies said that the explosion occurred in a train as it was traveling between two stations, and a larger device was found and defused at another station. The blast occurred just after 2:30 p.m. as the train was traveling in a tunnel from Sennaya Ploshchad to Tekhnologichesky Institute stations in the city center. Investigators are seizing items relative to the investigation, questioning witnesses and metro employees and working to confirm the number of dead and injured.
In the confusion, initial reports suggested there were two blasts. Alongside the dead, 51 people were injured in the incident, according to CNN affiliate RBC. Four of the injured are in critical condition. Many of the wounded are being treated at the Dzhanelidze Research Institute of Emergency Medicine.
US President Donald Trump spoke briefly with Putin on Monday, according to a senior administration official. Trump expressed his sympathy for the Russian people.
President Vladimir Putin, who had been in St. Petersburg earlier in the day, laid roses at a memorial outside the bombed metro station. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev described the attack as a “terrorist act,” although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The train conductor possibly saved lives. Rather than stopping the train after the blast, he continued on to the next station, which allowed passengers to evacuate and rescuers to help victims. Photographs taken during the event show the cars in rubble and passengers running from the station as it filled with smoke. Bodies were laid across a station platform. Rescuers carried bandaged and bloodied victims out of the station. Victims said they also helped each other escape the train.