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Bomb explodes in St Petersburg metro, ten reported dead

An explosion in a metro station in the Russian city of St Petersburg has killed at least five people and injured up to 50, according to breaking news reports.

What appears to be a bomb inside a train carriage exploded in a passenger car as the train was at the Sennaya Ploshchad in the centre of the city.

Photos from the scene posted on social media show injured passengers on the platform and a smoke-filled station. One of the pictures from the scene shows what appears to be carriage doors blown out from the inside.

Local reports said there was one, possibility two, explosions that went off at about 14:30 local time.

Reports are still coming in and 10 people have been killed and between 10 and 50 people injured.

Russia has suffered a series of terrorist attacks in the past with bombs on metro trains carried out by Chechen separatists. However, since the end of the second Chechen War and the installation of Kremlin puppet Ramzan Kadyrov as head of the Chechen Republic there has been few terrorist attacks in the Russian Federation.

The last metro bomb in Russia was at the Park Kultury metro station in March 2010 that killed 38 people and injured twice as many.

However, there have been warnings that Russia’s intervention in Syria on the side of Bashar al-Assad could make Russia a target for Islamic State. In December, the Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot dead by an off-duty Turkish police officer who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” as he pulled the trigger.


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