At least 11 dead following Russian metro explosion

There are reports of at least 50 injuries following an explosion on the underground in St Petersburg in Russia

At least 11 dead following Russian metro explosion

In this image taken from video footage, emergency services work outside Sennaya Square metro station in St Petersburg, Russia. Image: AP

Updated at 22:14

Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee has confirmed that at least 11 people have died in explosions on the St Petersburg subway system.

Reports in Russia said there were blasts on a train between two underground stations.

The device was reportedly filled with shrapnel and Russia Today has reported that at least 50 people have been injured:

 

Earlier it was reported that two blasts had occurred and ten people had died.

Russia's Anti-Terrorism Committee has now said that nine people died and 20 have been injured.

The Russian Prosecutors Office has called it a terror attack.

The Anti-Terror committee also confirmed that a second device was found and has been deactivated.

Pictures have emerged on social media of people lying on a platform following the blast.

All metro stations throughout the city have now been closed.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Russian President Vladimir Putin - who was due to visit the city today - has been informed about the explosion.

The president has expressed his condolences to the families of the victims, saying: "I have already spoken to the head of our special services, they are working to ascertain the cause (of the blasts)."

He said authorities are considering all possible causes for the explosion - including terrorism.

Sky's News correspondent John Sparks is in Russia:

The St Petersburg underground railway said in a statement: "An evacuation from the stations is ongoing, there are people injured.

"An unidentified object supposedly blew up in a (train) carriage."

The explosion took place in a tunnel between two metro stations, Russian state media reports, citing officials.

The blast occurred in a metro car that was traveling in the tunnel between the Sennaya Ploschad [square] and Tekhnologichesky Institute stations.

The St Petersburg Metro is made up of five lives and 67 stations. Opened in November 1955, it transports 2.3 million people a day and has more than 1,600 train cars.

All travel on city transport will be free of charge for the rest of Monday, St. Petersburg Transport tweeted.

Irish reaction

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD has said that he was appalled to hear of the explosion on the St. Petersburg metro earlier today.
 
“I was deeply saddened and appalled to hear of the explosion that took place today on the St. Petersburg metro.
 
“I wish to offer the heartfelt condolences of the Irish people and the Government of Ireland to the families of those who have lost their lives and those who have been injured in the explosion. 
 
“My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the Russian people at this difficult time.”