Death toll from St. Petersburg metro blast rises to 14

REFILE - EDITORS NOTEAn injured person is helped by emergency services outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, following explosions in two train carriages at metro stations in St. Petersburg, Russia April 3, 2017. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov  ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH
REFILE - EDITORS NOTEAn injured person is helped by emergency services outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, following explosions in two train carriages at metro stations in St. Petersburg, Russia April 3, 2017. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH

The death toll from the bomb blast in St. Petersburg has risen to 14, Russian agency Ria Novosti quoted the country’s health minister, Veronika Skvortsova, as saying on Tuesday.

The blast which happened on a metro train has also injured almost 50 people.

The death toll had stood at 11 people on Monday.

In a related development, Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said the deadly bomb shows the need for joint efforts against global terrorism.

“(This tragedy in St Petersburg) once again shows the importance of stepping up joint efforts to combat this evil,” Lavrov said at a meeting with his Kyrgyz counterpart Erlan Abdyldayev.

The attack is thought to have been carried out by a man born in Kyrgyzstan.

NAN reports that the St Petersburg television showed footage of the corpse of a bearded man they said was the perpetrator.

The body resembled a man captured on closed circuit television whom Russian media said was a suspect.

Officials said they were treating the blast as an act of terrorism, but there was no official confirmation of any link to Islamist radicals.

The National Anti-Terrorist Committee said an explosive device had been found at another station, hidden in a fire extinguisher, but had been defused.

Authorities closed all St. Petersburg metro stations.

The Moscow metro said it was taking unspecified additional security measures in case of an attack there.

The blast raised security fears beyond Russian frontiers.

France, which has itself suffered a series of attacks, announced additional security measures in Paris.

(Reuters/NAN)


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