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Blast in St. Petersburg Metro Kills Dozens

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Blast in St. Petersburg Metro Kills Dozens

At least 10 people are reported to have died and many more injured after a blast rocked a metro station in St Petersburg.

The metro service said an explosive device was detonated on a train at the Sennaya Ploshchad station in Russia's second city. The entire metro network was shut down in the aftermath of the blast.

Photographs from the scene showed a metro train in the station with one set of doors blown out, and a number of people on the ground with injuries.

Russian news agencies Tass and Interfax reported 10 people had died. Fifty people were injured, Andrey Kibitov, the head of the city governor's press service, said on Twitter.

Interfax also quoted law enforcement sources claiming the blast was caused by explosive material placed in the carriage.

There was no immediate information about the number of casualties or what caused the explosion.

A live stream on the Russian website Life News said there had been either one or two explosions at about 2.30pm local time. The video showed hundreds of people waiting outside the station entrance at street level, along with fire engines and police vehicles.

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, is in St Petersburg and has been informed about the blast, according to his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.

Putin expressed his condolences to the victims ahead of a meeting with the Belarus president, Alexander Lukashenko, in St Petersburg.

He said it was "too early to say" what caused the blast but said it could be "criminal or terrorist". Putin said he had already spoken with the director of the FSB security services and other law enforcement agencies.

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