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By Dries Van Thielen
Explosions in St. Petersburg, Russia have killed ten and injured dozens more, in an attack which is believed to be linked to terrorism.
UPDATE 10:20 AM EST: Report from RT News is coming in saying that an improvised explosive was found and defused at the St. Petersburg Metro Station.
UPDATE 9:55 AM EST: The site Vocativ is reporting that the attacks have been celebrated by ISIS supporters in forums online-
“We ask Allah to bless the operation by the lions of the Caliphate, we ask Allah to kill the Crusaders,” said an ISIS supporter from the terror group’s al-Minbar online forum. Others celebrated by saying that the Monday bombs made for “a metro to hell for the worshipers of the Cross” and claimed that the attacks — which are still under investigation by Russian authorities — were revenge for Russia’s backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is fighting against ISIS and other rebel groups in a six-year-long civil war. Russian airstrikes and shelling in Syria have killed hundreds of people and reduced entire areas to rubble.
According to the Russian website Life News, the (either one or two) explosions occurred around 2.30 P.M. local time in the Sennaya Ploshchad Station on a busy metro line in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The metro service said an explosive device was detonated on a train at the station in Russia’s second city. The entire metro network was shut down in the aftermath of the blast. Some unconfirmed sources claim there was another undetonated device further on the tracks.
Emergency Workers and the Russian state-run news agency TASS estimate 10 people to be killed and dozens more being injured and fighting for their life.
As a precaution, the Pulkovo airport in St. Petersburg has tightened their security.
The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, was in St. Petersburg around the time of the explosion. He had a meeting with the president of Belarus Alexandr Lukashenko.
According to Russia Today, Russia’s President told the press: “The causes of this event have not been determined yet, so it’s too early to talk about [possible causes]. The investigation will show. Certainly, we will consider all variants, common, criminal, first of all, of a terrorist nature”.
If it turns out to be true, this event will be the largest terrorist attacks since the Moscow theater hostage crisis in 2002.
More on this developing story soon!