10 injured by TNT blast in St. Petersburg, state media says

The explosion occurred at around 9.15pm as Russians geared up to celebrate the New Year

The Washington Post notes that only a few days ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked President Donald Trump and CIA Director Mike Pompeo for providing a tip based on American intelligence that thwarted a planned string of terrorist attacks in St. Petersburg. The supermarket has reportedly been evacuated. Alexander Klaus, head of the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation in St. Petersburg, confirmed the individuals had sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were admitted to hospitals.

The 10 injured people were taken to hospital where they were listed as being in a "satisfactory" condition. "At the moment, the lives of those injured are not under threat". The device was inside a locker at a chain supermarket called Perekrestok, located in an entertainment complex.

A policeman stands guard near a supermarket after an explosion in St Petersburg, Russia December 27, 2017.

Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee said it was coordinating the search for suspects, and a criminal investigation had been launched. Investigators said the device contained 200 grams (7 ounces) of explosives and was rigged with shrapnel to cause more damage.

"There was a bang. Emergency personnel are already on the scene". "The evacuation has been completed, and there was no fire", a local Emergencies Ministry official told news agency TASS.

Initial reports said that two bombs had gone off, but it became clear that there was a single blast - possibly in the third carriage of the train.

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