On Monday afternoon, a homemade explosive filled with fragments and shrapnel exploded in St. Petersburg’s Tekhonologichesky Institut subway station. It killed 11 people and wounded 40 other people. Authorities cordoned the area and looked for other possible explosives in the area. Russia’s second-largest city was thrown into chaos as shown by videos taken by individuals in social media.
Russian authorities suspect the attack as terrorism-related but Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the authorities have yet to conduct a final investigation to qualify the attack as such. He said investigators have to “consider all theories” before academically concluding the incident as maliciously made by a terror group.
After the attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with security and law-enforcement services on Monday where he was informed about preliminary breakthroughs in their investigation. Putin had also visited the site of attack and laid flowers for those who had died during the attack.
The Russian President also speculated terrorists were behind the attack. No terrorist group had come forward to claim responsibility for the attack but authorities suspect southern Russian militants involved in the conflict in Chechnya and Caucasus. The group is believed to be strongly involved with the Islamic State group and repeatedly threatened attacks the previous year.