U.S. condemns St. Petersburg metro blast; death toll rose to 11

| Updated: Apr 04, 2017 10:44 IST

Washington D.C. [United States], Apr. 4 (ANI): The United States has condemned the explosion at a subway train in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg, in which at least eleven people were killed. "We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed, and our thoughts and prayers are with those injured in the attack and with the Russian people," said the U.S. State Department acting spokesperson Mark Toner. Earlier, the U.S. President, Donald Trump, dubbed the explosion at St. Petersburg as a 'terrible thing.' "Terrible. Terrible thing. Happening all over the world. Absolutely, a terrible thing," Russian state-owned news website Sputnik quoted Trump as saying. At least eleven people were killed and several others injured in an explosion inside a metro train at the Sennaya Square station in Russia's St. Petersburg. According to the National Anti-terrorist Committee, the blast claimed 11 lives and injured forty-five people. TASS news agency reported that an unidentified device exploded in a train car. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the St. Petersburg explosion a 'terrorist attack.' "Those who suffered during the terrorist act in the St. Petersburg metro will be provided with all the necessary assistance. All instructions to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Emergency Situations are given. My most sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the explosion. This is a common pain," Medvedev wrote on his Facebook page. Russian President Vladmir Putin expressed his condolences and indicated that there will be an investigation with respect to the explosion. Putin said he was in contact with the Federal Security Service (FSB) and law enforcement to determine the reason behind the explosion. Seven metro stations in the city have been closed following the blast.(ANI)

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