St. Petersburg explosion: Putin says blast was terror attack

St. Petersburg explosion: Putin says blast was terror attack

A policeman stands guard near a supermarket after an explosion in St Petersburg, Russia on Wednesday. (Reuters Photo)
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Orient Net - CNN
Date: 2017-12-29 11:34
More than a dozen people were injured in an explosion at a St. Petersburg supermarket Wednesday, according to Russian state media.

Russia’s Putin called the blast a "terror attack" during an address to military officers Thursday in Moscow, calling for a full investigation.

Preliminary data shows that an explosive device found at the scene contained 200 grams (7 ounces) of TNT, state-run RIA news agency reported. The device was inside a locker at a chain supermarket called Perekrestok, located in an entertainment complex.

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Tass reported that the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has opened a criminal investigation into the explosion, citing Svetlana Petrenko, an official representative for the committee.

The city has been a target for at least one other explosion this year. Fourteen people were killed and dozens more were injured on April 3 when a suicide bomber detonated explosives in the city’s metro system.

The April explosion, which has been linked to terrorism, occurred on a passenger train traveling through a tunnel in the center of the city.

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