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Video: Russia deadly blast -metro bomb kills 11, wounds dozens

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Second device deactivated as investigators open case on ‘terrorism’ charges over explosion in St Petersburg.

At least 11 people have been killed and dozens wounded after a bomb blast ripped through a train carriage in the metro system of Saint Petersburg, Russia’s second city, according to officials.

Russian authorities opened a criminal case over Monday’s explosion on charges of a “terrorist act”, but said they would also consider all other possible causes. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing.

According to Russian media reports, investigators suspect that the attack (Metro Bomb)was carried out by a suicide bomber who left an explosive device at a metro station, and then boarded the train with another device in a backpack.

Ambulances and fire engines descended on the central Sennaya Ploshchad metro station after the blast at around 2:40pm (11:40 GMT).

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Russian media initially reported that there were two explosions, but officials later said that there was only one blast which happened as the train was moving between the Sennaya Ploshchad and the Tekhnologichesky Institut stations.

Hours later, police found and deactivated a second explosive device at another metro station, one of the city’s busiest, sending a wave of fear across St Petersburg.

After a few hours of differing casualty tolls, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee said the death toll was 11, with another 45 people being treated for wounds in hospitals.

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A huge hole was blasted in the side of the carriage, with metal wreckage strewn across the platform. Passengers were seen hammering at the windows of one closed carriage.

“Everything was covered in smoke, there were a lot of firefighters,” Maria Smirnova, a student on a train behind the one with the bomb, told a Russian TV station. “Firefighters shouted at us to run for the exit and everyone ran. Everyone was panicking.”

Social media users also posted photographs and video from the scene of the blast, showing people lying on the floor and a train with a mangled door nearby.

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