At least 10 people are dead following an explosion in a metro station in St. Petersburg, Russia, according to multiple news reports.
CNN, citing Russia’s state-run TASS news agency, confirms the explosion, stating that it took place on a subway car in the station.
The outlet also cites Russia 24 in claiming that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been made aware of the incident.
Putin was reportedly in St. Petersburg earlier today speaking at an event. It is not clear if he remains in the city.
Footage uploaded by users to social media appears to show the extensive damage to the subway car in which the explosion took place.
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The Guardian, citing Russian government sources that spoke to Interfax, reports that the blast was caused by “explosive material placed in the carriage.”
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