Blast rips through supermarket in Russia's St Petersburg, 10 hurt

Frederick Owens
December 28, 2017

The device was inside a locker at a chain supermarket called Perekrestok, located in an entertainment complex.

The cause of the blast was not immediately known, but Russian news agencies reported that investigators had opened a criminal case on the grounds of attempted murder.

In April, at least 10 people were killed and 50 others injured when an explosion ripped through a subway train in Saint Petersburg.

Preliminary data shows that an explosive device found at the scene contained 200 grams of TNT, CNN reported citing RIA news agency.

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Just last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked President Donald Trump and US intelligence for a tip that led to the arrest of a suspected terrorist cell plotting bombings in St. Petersburg.

The building containing the supermarket did not appear to have sustained serious damage. There is no burning fire, "the city authorities said, quoted by Focus. All shoppers have been evacuated", an emergencies ministry representative told Interfax.

Thousands of visitors were inside the shopping centre in the northeast of the city as shoppers crammed in some pre-New Year celebrations.

That bombing was claimed by a group linked to Al-Qaeda which said it was a message to countries engaged in war with Muslims.

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