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Summary

  1. Explosion hits St Petersburg metro in Russia, killing up to 10 people
  2. The blast hit a carriage between the Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations, officials say
  3. An explosive device was found and disabled at another station, Ploshchad Vosstaniya
  4. President Putin says all causes are being considered, including terrorism

Live Reporting

By Flora Drury and Kate Palmer

All times stated are UK

End of our live coverage

Floral tributes
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As the evening draws on in St Petersburg, locals are paying tributes  to those killed and injured on Monday's attack.

The cause of the explosion has yet to be confirmed. Here is a round-up of what we know:    

  • The explosion happened at about 14:30 local time (11:30 GMT) between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations
  • Up to 10 people were killed with at least 37 injured, Russia's health minister says
  • Another device was later found at a nearby station and made safe
  • Passengers were  captured on video  escaping a smoke-filled platform    
  • President Vladimir Putin said all causes, including terrorism, were being investigated
  • No-one has said they were behind the blast but local media released CCTV footage of a bearded man
  • Foreign leaders have condemned the incident, with US President Donald Trump describing it as a "terrible thing".

We are ending our rolling coverage on this live page but you can continue to follow the latest developments  via our news story  and here is everything we know about Monday's events.     

Putin: Thank you to drivers

Russian President Vladimir Putin has thanked St Petersburg's drivers for taking people home while metro services are suspended.

He said many motorists and taxi drivers were offering to carry passengers for free. 

Hundreds of thousands of people in the city are travelling by foot, car, tram or bus while the metro system is closed, Mr Putin added.

St. Petersburg
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Trump: St Petersburg explosion a 'terrible thing'

US President Donald Trump kept his thoughts on events in St Petersburg brief during an event at the White House.

Happening all over the world, absolutely a terrible thing."

A picture of Donald Trump
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St Petersburg attack: What we know

We've been bringing you quick updates as new information comes out about the St Petersburg explosion, and have now compiled a round-up of what we know  here .

Pictures of the aftermath can be found here .

American UN ambassador: We stand with you against extremists

The US ambassador to the UN has said her country stands with Russia against "extremist groups", despite authorities keeping an open mind about the cause of the explosion.

Nikki Haley shared a message of support for the people of St Petersburg, after up to 10 were killed on Monday.

Russia's Investigative Committee, a state body which investigates major crimes, earlier said it was treating the explosion as a suspected "terrorist attack" - but was not ruling out other possibilities.

"Despite the fact that a criminal case under article 205 of the Criminal Code (act of terror) has been opened, the investigation intends on verifying all other possible versions of this incident," the committee said in a statement.

It has not pointed to possible perpetrators.

Anti-terror measures 'failed'

Senator Viktor Ozerov, who heads the Russian defence committee, said that anti-terror measures appeared to have failed on Monday.

"The tragedy in St Petersburg tells us that, somewhere, the anti-terror measures that have been taken... have not worked," Mr Ozerov said.

Speaking at the Russian parliament, he called for an investigation into the security measures in place on the St Petersburg metro system. 

"Now we need to uncover the reasons why our system failed, and work out a series of measures so as not to allow such mistakes to be repeated." 

His statement was broadcast live on the state-run news channel Rossiya 24.


          People react to news of the deadly explosion at the Tekhnologichesky Institut in St Petersburg
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People react to news of the deadly explosion at the Tekhnologichesky Institut metro station in St Petersburg

Tributes appear for victims of St Petersburg explosion


          A candle and flowers are seen to commemorate victims of a blast in Russian St.Petersburg metro, at the Russian embassy in Minsk, Belarus
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A candle burns among the flowers left in tribute to victims of Monday's metro blast outside the Russian embassy in Minsk, Belarus

          Men lay flowers during a memorial service for victims of a blast in St Petersburg metro, at a memorial by the Kremlin walls in Moscow, Russia
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At least 10 people were killed in the explosion. Pictured: Tributes outside the Kremlin in Moscow

          People place flowers and lit candles in memory of victims of the blast in the Saint Petersburg metro outside Sennaya Square station
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People light candles for the victims outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station

Witness: 'There was no light and there was blood'

A woman travelling in the carriage next to the blast has described the moment the explosion ripped through the train to local media.

The woman, named only as Polina, told Bumaga ( in Russian ) it was standing room only as the metro moved between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut.

There was a deafening bang, then a strong smell and smoke. People were pressed against each other. Two women immediately felt unwell and fell unconscious. Everything happened on the move, the train didn't stop."

When the train finally pulled into the station, she said they "saw that the neighbouring carriage was mangled, window glass was broken, there was no light and there was blood".  

People were being moved out of it. Some were being carried out, others supported."

Investigators 'will focus on two possible suspects'

Frank Gardner

BBC Security Correspondent

The Russian authorities are sensibly being cautious before apportioning blame for Monday's metro blast. An earlier quote by the prosecutor-general that it was an act of terror was quickly retracted.

The FSB Security Service, the successors to the Soviet-era KGB, have skilled investigators, including forensic explosive experts. They will have been examining the explosive residue for clues, as well as the second device that was found intact. Their suspicions are likely to focus on two possible suspects, none yet confirmed.

One: An ISIS-inspired group enraged by recent Russian airstrikes in Syria. Two: Chechen nationalists (or even a combination of both).

Both Chechen militants and international jihadists do have a track record of plotting to attack Russia's transport hubs, notably in Moscow. An estimated 7,000 Russians have travelled to Syria to join extremist groups and some have returned."

Metro driver praised by officials

The metro driver made the right decision not to stop his train before reaching the station, Russia’s Investigative Committee has said.

In a statement released on their website, the federal investigating authority said his actions may have prevented further victims and allowed for the swift evacuation of the injured.

The blast took place in the tunnel between two stations in central St Petersburg.

Security response 'will be uncompromising'

Oliver Carroll, the managing editor of the Moscow Times newspaper, has been speaking to BBC World News television.

He said that people in St Petersburg are not used to dealing with such attacks.

There have been attacks in Moscow in recent years, but the last major one was in 2010. In fact, Russia's main cities have been "remarkably terror-free" in the last few years, he says.

Mr Carroll says the security services have been "fairly uncompromising" in the troubled North Caucasus region, which is mainly Muslim, as well as taking "bold action" in Syria.

"So there is the grounds for an Islamic kind of terrorism," he said. "At the same time, there will be various conspiracy theories about the state themselves being behind it."

He cautions, however, that he does not want to give "too much weight" to such theories.

What is without doubt is that the government's response "will be uncompromising".

Oliver Carroll
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Russian PM calls St Petersburg blast a 'terrorist attack'

BBC Monitoring

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has written on Facebook:

All those who were injured in the terrorist attack in St Petersburg metro will receive all the medical help they need. All instructions have been issued to the health and emergencies ministries. My most heartfelt commiserations go out to the friends and relatives of the victims of the explosion. This is our common pain.”

While Mr Medvedev calls it a terrorist attack, some Russian officials have been careful to not label it as such until their investigations are complete.

CCTV images of 'attacker' circulating on social media

CCTV images of the man suspected to be responsible for the St Petersburg explosion are circulating on social media.

The images appear to show a bearded man wearing a hat.

Earlier the Interfax news agency reported that CCTV cameras had captured images of the suspect.

The BBC cannot confirm any of these reports, and Russian officials are still investigating the cause of the explosion. 

Recent attacks on public transport in Russia

Russia has a history of attacks on public transport.

In 2013, two bomb blasts in two days in the south-western city of Volgograd left more than 30 people dead and 62 needing hospital treatment.

The suicide bombings struck at the railway station on 29 December and on a bus on 30 December.

Volgograd's public transport system had already been targeted earlier in 2013. In October, a female suicide bomber killed at least six people when she detonated the explosives on a bus.

Three years earlier, at least 38 people died in a double suicide bombing on the Moscow metro .

Before that, in 2009, a bomb exploded  on a high speed train  travelling between Moscow and St Petersburg, killing 27 and injuring another 130.

All attacks were claimed by Islamist groups.

Picture shows mangled doors of train


          A picture shows the damaged train carriage at Technological Institute metro station in St Petersburg
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This picture shows the badly-damaged train, which came to a stop at the Tekhnologichesky Institut station in central St Petersburg

The situation in St Petersburg: What we know

Map showing the two metro strations
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  • An explosion has hit a train between two underground stations in St Petersburg
  • Officials say the cause of the blast, between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations, is yet to be determined 
  • A spokesman for St Petersburg's governor says at least 10 people have been killed and 50 injured. But the Russian National Anti-Terrorist Committee says the death toll is nine, with 20 hurt
  • The committee said an explosive device was later found and made safe at another station, Ploshchad Vosstaniya  
  • President Vladimir Putin says all causes, including terrorism, are being investigated
  • You can read our main story here
  • And here is a gallery with pictures of the aftermath

#Domoi: Locals use social media to help each other get home safely

This is reminiscent of the London and Paris attacks – the hashtag #домой (#Domoi) is a big thing now.

On VKontakte, a social media network popular among Russians, and now also Twitter.

It means ‘Home’ – and ordinary people are using it to help others get home.

Here are two examples from VKontakte:

"Around 6pm. We’re able to take three people to the coastal district. We’re going by the toll road. FREE. #Domoi."

"Guys! I have to get home to Muzhestva Ploshchad. Can anyone get me at least some of the way? #Domoi." 

'A horrific thing' - US man describes his experience

Rick Macy, 52, from Massachusetts, works in St Petersburg and was in a metro car three stops away. He heard the driver and dispatcher talking about the incident and he got off the train.

What a horrific thing. You could tell there was something happening, the dispatcher had a strained voice. When I heard that, I got off the train and came off the metro. It was horrible."

Out on the streets, where I can see from our apartment, [there are] lots of people trying to get home. We are right by the Petrogradskaya, close to the station where the bomb went off. I am grateful that we are safe. We are going to stay home tonight."

In pictures: St Petersburg metro explosion


          An injured man is helped by medics outside Tekhnologichesky Institut metro station in St Petersburg
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The explosion has killed at least nine people, officials say. Fifty others have been injured

          General view of emergency services attending the scene outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station
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The explosion hit a carriage between two stations in central St Petersburg

          An injured person is helped by emergency services outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station
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Officials say the cause of the explosion has yet to be determined

Breaking'Homemade device' disabled at different location

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Russia's National Anti-Terrorist Committee says a home-made explosive device has been disabled at Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station in central St Petersburg.

It said an "improvised explosive device has been discovered and disabled in a timely manner”.

The station is located about two miles away from the Tekhnologichesky Institut station.

Conflicting reports over victim numbers

There are conflicting reports over how many people have been killed or injured in the blast.

The Russian National Anti-Terrorist Committee has said nine people have died and 20 people sustained injuries.

However, minutes earlier, a spokesman for St Petersburg's governor said at least 10 people were killed and 50 injured.

Facebook activates 'safety check'

Facebook has activated its "safety check" so users in St Petersburg can let their friends and family know that they are safe.

The tool was activated in other recent incidents, including the attacks in London, Brussels, Paris and Munich.

Screen grab shows the safety check feature on Facebook
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Russia 'grateful' for condolences

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Russian official backtracks on terrorism claim

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A Russian official who called today's explosion a "terrorist act" just over an hour ago has backtracked on his statement.

Alexander Kurennoi, a spokesman for the Russian prosecutor-general’s office, now says it is too early to say anything about the causes of the blast.

He told Interfax:

A group of staff from the St Petersburg prosecutor’s office, headed by the city prosecutor, Sergei Litvinenko, is currently working at the scene. It is still too early to draw any conclusions."

Watch: Scene outside St Petersburg metro after explosion

Explosion was a 'terrorist act'

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Russia's prosecutors' office has called the St Petersburg explosion a "terrorist act".

Alexander Kurennoi, a spokesman for the prosecutor-general, told Russia's international state broadcaster RT: 

Soon we and our colleagues from the law-enforcement agencies will start work on minimising the impact of this terrorist act, as well on establishing all the circumstances that contributed to it being carried out.

However, other senior officials have been reluctant to label it a terrorist attack so far, saying the cause was still being investigated.

Helicopter being used in rescue efforts

Here's a picture of the helicopter that is being used by the emergency services in St Petersburg, seen here in front of the Tekhnologichesky Institut metro station.


          A helicopter is seen at the entrance to Technological Institute metro station in Saint Petersburg
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One blast only in St Petersburg explosion, says official

There was only one blast in the St Petersburg explosion, a Russian official has confirmed to Rossiya 24 TV.

Andrei Przhezdomsky, head of the Russian National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) information centre, said the explosion took place at 14:40 local time (11:40 GMT), as the train traveled between Sennaya Ploschad and Tekhnologichesky Institut.

Earlier reports had suggested there were two separate explosions.

However, the exact cause is still unknown. A source has told Russian news agency Interfax that there was one bomb in the third carriage.

St Petersburg metro system closed

All stations in St Petersburg's metro system have been closed following explosions that killed at least 10 people.

Andrei Przhezdomsky, the head of the Russian National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) information centre, told Rossiya 24 TV that the evacuation had been completed:

The injured are receiving treatment. Now, specialists of the FSB [Federal Security Service], bomb technicians are working at the scene together with investigators. I think they will establish what happened fairly quickly. All the necessary measures are being taken to ensure the security of citizens. We will do everything to rule out possible repeated explosions and some other illegal actions."

In Moscow, metro officials say they are introducing extra security measures.  

Boris Johnson 'horrified' by explosion

The Foreign Secretary tweets...

Horrified by news of explosion in St Petersburg. My sympathies are with the victims and their families.

Watch: Video from inside one of the metro stations

Denis Skovoroda took this video as his train passed through Tekhnologichesky Institut station between 20 and 30 minutes after the blast.

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'A helicopter landed near the station for the bodies'

Geoff Edwards, from Liverpool, works in St Petersburg and uses Tekhnologishesky Institut station every day. 

He did not witness the explosions, but is only a quarter of a mile away.

"There are helicopters flying around right now, I can hear them out of the window," Mr Edwards, 68, told the BBC.

A colleague told me that one landed near the station - to collect dead bodies. When you consider how many people travel on the metro every day, it's quite scary. I use the station every day, I came into work on it this morning."

Geoff Edwards

In pictures: Emergency services at the scene


          Emergency services direct pedestrians outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station following explosions in St. Petersburg
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Emergency services' personnel direct pedestrians outside the Sennaya Ploshchad metro station

          An injured person is helped by emergency services outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station following explosions in St. Petersburg
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At least 50 people have been injured in the blasts in the city's metro system, officials say

'About 50' injured, says governor's spokesman

Andrey Kibitov, the spokesman for the governor of St Petersburg, says there are currently 41 ambulances on site.

He tweeted (in Russian)  that the number of injured was "about 50".

Mr Kibitov did not mention how many people had died. 

Putin: We're considering all possible causes


          Police officers guard the area at the entrance to Technological Institute metro station in Saint Petersburg
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is in St Petersburg, says officials are considering all possible causes for the blasts in the city's metro system, including terrorism.

He said he had spoken with the heads of the security services.

Security and law enforcement agencies are "working and doing all they can to ascertain what has happened and to make a complete assessment of the incident," Mr Putin said. 

Moscow metro 'taking additional security measures'

The Moscow metro has tweeted it will be taking additional security measures in the wake of the explosion in St Petersburg.

It has also offered help to St Petersburg metro if needed.

Meanwhile, the St Petersburg metro, which serves about two million passengers every day across its five lines, is reported to have shut down all stations.

The stations hit by the explosions


          Interior view shows Tekhnologicheskiy institut metro station in St. Petersburg
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Tekhnologichesky Institut station serves metro lines one and two in St Petersburg. The first hall opened in 1955, followed by the second in 1961.  


          View shows entrance to Sennaya ploschad metro station in St. Petersburg
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This is the entrance of the Sennaya Ploshchad station, on line two, which was opened two years later, in 1963.  

'Explosion looks horribly serious'

The BBC Moscow correspondent Sarah Rainsford says the explosion in St Petersburg looks "horribly serious" from the pictures being broadcast on Russian television.

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Deadly explosions at St Petersburg metro

Explosions at underground stations in St Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, have killed at least 10 people.

We'll be bringing you live updates on this developing story. Here's what we know so far:

  • The blasts hit Sennaya Ploshchad and nearby Tekhnologichesky Institut stations in the centre of the city, Russian media report
  • President Vladimir Putin, who is in the city, said all causes, including terrorism, were being investigated
  • At least 20 people have been injured, reports say