Putin says St Petersburg blast was terrorist act

The supermarket after the explosion in Saint Petersburg
Credit REUTERS /National Anti Terrorism Committe

The supermarket after the explosion in Saint Petersburg Credit REUTERS /National Anti Terrorism Committe

Some of those ball bearings are said to have ended up in the stomach of the most seriously injured victim.

Egypt condemns the terrorist attack in a St.Petersburg store on Wednesday in Russian Federation in the strongest terms, a statement issued on Thursday by the Egyptian foreign ministry said.

President Vladimir Putin has instructed security forces to kill all terrorists who threaten the lives of security officers after calling Wednesday's explosion in St. Petersburg a "terrorist attack". Alexander Klaus, head of the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation in St. Petersburg, confirmed the individuals had sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were admitted to hospitals. Over a dozen people were murdered in the terrorist attack.

Emergency Ministry members and policemen are seen outside a supermarket after an explosion in Saint Petersburg Russia December 27
Emergency Ministry members and policemen are seen outside a supermarket after an explosion in St Petersburg Russia December 27 Credit REUTERS

The Sputnik news agency reported that the Committee believe an improvised explosive device "filled with projectiles" caused the blast. "Emergency personnel are already on the scene". The bombing killed 14 people and injured nearly 50. The device was inside a locker at a chain supermarket called Perekrestok, located in an entertainment complex. "The evacuation has been completed, and there was no fire", a Emergencies Ministry official told the Russian news agency TASS.

The bomb was strong enough to blow the door off the supermarket and punch a hole in the wall.

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