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A nail bomb placed onto a train by a suspected terrorist has ripped through a carriage in St Petersburg killing at least 12 people and injuring 50 more today.
The terrifying incident, which is being investigated as a terror attack by officials who say the killer has been captured on CCTV, took place on a train that was travelling between Sennaya Ploshchad and Sadovaya metro stations.
The attack has left dozens injured, including children, after it was reported a man left a briefcase on the train before moving carriagesmoments before the deadly blast and a second explosive device was found and defused in a nearby station.
Vladimir Putin is in his hometown of St Petersburg today for talks with the president of Belarus and has confirmed 'there are dead and injured' and offered his condolences to the families of those killed.
The Kremlin leader, who wanted to visit the scene in the aftermath of the attack but was held back by security services, said: 'I have already spoken to the head of our special services, they are working to ascertain the cause of the blasts.
'The causes are not clear, it's too early. We will look at all possible causes, terrorism as well as common crime.'
A man crawls away from the train as bloodied passengers attempt to save those injured in the subway in St Petersburg, Russia
A woman crouches over a man who has been injured in the blast as they are surrounded by carnage and blood
An injured person is helped by emergency services outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, following explosions in two train carriages at metro stations in St. Petersburg, Russia April 3, 2017
An injured person is helped by emergency services outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, following explosions in two train carriages at metro stations in St Petersburg, Russia April 3, 2017
An iniured person walks outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, following explosions in two train carriages at metro station
Smoke fills the air at the platform of the metro station after two nail bombs were detonated
Firefighters, emergency service vehicles and a helicopter near Tekhnologichesky Institut station of the St Petersburg metro in the aftermath of an explosion which occurred in a train at 2.40pm Moscow time, according to Russian National Antiterrorism Committee
Passengers disembark after two blasts kill at least 10 people in St Petersburg, Russia
Emergency services raced to the station as passengers flood out from the platforms
A picture on Twitter claiming to show a man being treated at the scene as blood pours from his head and onto his shirt
An explosion on the metro in St Petersburg has ripped through a train carriage causing carnage
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied earlier speculation that President Putin was due to pass by the Sennaya Metro station around the time of the blast.
The explosion happened between the Sennaya Ploshchad station and Tekhnologichesky Institut at around 2.40pm local time, Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee said.
Earlier reports indicated a backpack had been thrown onto the train and witnesses also suggested there had been multiple explosions, but officials confirmed just the one blast.
Russian security agencies did find an explosive device at a different metro station in central St Petersburg and made it safe, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said in a statement.
The device was found at the Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station, a different location from where a blast earlier took place.
Other witnesses also described a man leaving a briefcase on one carriage before moving to another just seconds before the huge explosion.
As reports of the suspected terror attack trickled through to the capital, Moscow heightened its security and local reports suggest three metro stations - Nagatinskaja, Savelovskaya and Ugrezhskaya (CIP) - were cordoned off due to suspicious packages.
A witnesses told Russia's Life News: 'People were bleeding, their hair burned. We were told to move to the exit, because the movement stopped. People just fled.
'My girlfriend was in the next car that exploded. She said that he began to shake. When she came out, she saw that people were mutilated.'
Eight bodies were recovered from the carriage while two more were found on the platform and the final two killed were found in the tunnel.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says investigators are examining all causes for the blast in St Petersburg today - including terrorism.
And while no-one has yet come forward to claim responsibility, the country's security services have previously said they had foiled 'terrorist attacks' on Moscow's public transport system by militants.
Russia has been targeted by different groups in the past and it is not the first time the country's transport system has been hit. In the past, deadly raids have been carried out by Chechen militants with rebel leaders threatening further attacks.
But Russia, which has provided military backing to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, has also stepped up security in major cities amid fears of an ISIS atrocity. In 2015, the terror group claimed responsibility for a bomb blast on a MetroJet plane from Egypt to St Petersburg which killed all 217 on board.
The country has also been the target of attacks by Chechen militants.
At least 38 people were killed in 2010 when two female suicide bombers detonated bombs on packed Moscow metro trains.
Over 330 people, half of them children, were killed in 2004 when police stormed a school in southern Russia after a hostage taking by Islamist militants.
In 2002, 120 hostages were killed when police stormed a Moscow theatre to end another hostage taking.
Chechnya was the scene of two separatist wars in the 1990s and early 2000s, but violence in the region has largely been suppressed under the iron-fisted rule of strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
Putin, as prime minister, launched a 1999 campaign to crush a separatist government in the Muslim southern region of Chechnya, and as president continued a hard line in suppressing rebellion.
Over the weekend, Russia said it had detained one of the attackers who carried out a deadly strike on a military base in Chechnya. A 21-year-old local man has been held over last week's attack, in which six soldiers and six rebels died.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the March 24 attack, which targeted a base of Russia's National Guard, a new branch of troops which answers directly to President Vladimir Putin and is tasked with defending borders and counter extremism.
Commuters walk away from the carnage as smoke fills the station in St Petersburg, Russia
Bloodied passengers attempt to save those injured by the nail bombs detonated on the train
Smoke fills the station at the metro station in Russia after two nail bombs were set off killing 10
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Russian Civic Chamber Secretary Alexander Brechalov attend the 4th Truth and Justice Independent Regional and Local Media Forum held by the All-Russian People's Front
A male eyewitness said: 'It's just like a war here. Every special service is here, the FSB, police, and multiple - really a lot of them - ambulances.
'I don't think I've ever seen to many paramedics in my life. Something completely horrible is happening here.'
The Life News website showed pictures of blown-out train doors and several injured people on the station platform.
Metro bosses said there were reports of a blast – from an improvised explosive device – inside a train.
The subway's administration says several stations in the northern Russian city have been closed and that an evacuation is underway Monday afternoon.
Russian news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been informed about the explosion.
Islamic State supporters have celebrated the explosions in St Petersburg saying it was revenge for Syrian air strikes.
An ISIS supporter from the al-Minbar online forum said: 'We ask Allah to bless the operation by the lions of the Caliphate, we ask Allah to kill the Crusaders.'
Others, according to Vocativ, said it was 'a metro to hell for the worshipers of the cross'.
Russia has killed hundreds in air strikes against the terror group in the Middle East.
Putin is in discussion with the Director of the Federal Security Service who is inside the affected subway.
Polina, who was in the carriage next to the where explosion erupted, said: 'There was quite a lot of people in the carriage: everyone was sitting, some were standing.
'The explosion occurred between Sennaya and Technological Institute stations.
'There was a deafening boom, and then a strong odour and smoke.
'We immediately went to another end of the car. It was very crowded.
'Everything was happening on the move, the train didn't stop. At Technological Institute everyone got off.'
'We saw that the next car was teared apart, windows were broken, no lights, blood. People were dragged out of it, some were carried, some were walking with support.
'There was a lot of injured. I don't know if there were dead, we left in about two minutes.'
There were fears a second, unexploded bomb was left on a platform on the network in St Petersburg, but it transpired to be an abandoned bag.
A subway worker who asked not to be named told local press: 'The second carriage exploded.
'The explosion was such a force that the flesh burned, people were in scrapes of the flesh, blood everywhere.'
Another witness said: 'Many people have sandy traces on their faces.
'Its not clear what bomb it was, no-one figured it yet. People are panicking, many are calling their mothers.'
Anna, who was at the station at the moment of explosion: 'People were lying down, all black, scary, with a horrible smell of burned flesh.'
Another eyewitness said: 'Everyone was ready for death in the metro carriage.
'After the explosion everyone was waiting for the consequences. Then we were taken out, people started helping each other, walking others out, most of them were in blood.'
An injured person is helped by emergency services outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, following explosions in two train carriages at metro stations
Men carry an injured person on a stretcher outside Technological Institute metro station in Saint Petersburg on April 3, 2017
A man with blood splattered all over his face walks away from the scene that killed at least 12 people and injured 50 more
General view of the mass gathering of emergency services attending the scene outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, following explosions in atrain carriage
A woman and firefighters at the entrance to Sennaya Ploshchad station of the St Petersburg metro in the aftermath of an explosion which occurred on board a train
An injured person is helped by emergency services outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station after two blasts
The wreckage of the blast seen here by the damage to the door as a man inspects the scene
Bodies lie strewn across the platform and the doors are blown open after the two blasts on the Russian metro network
Three men walk away from the train in a smoke-filled subway station after a huge blast from a suspected nail bomb
Firefighters line the streets of St Petersburg in the immediate aftermath of the blast that has claimed at least 10 lives
Emergency vehicles and a helicopter are seen at the entrance to Technological Institute metro station in St Petersburg on April 3, 2017
Police officers guard the area at the entrance to Technological Institute metro station in St Petersburg on April 3, 2017
Dear St Petersburg.
Today, in our city there was a terrible tragedy. As a result of the explosion in the subway people died. Many of the passengers were injured.
I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and relatives. I wish a speedy recovery to those injured.
Law enforcement authorities and all city services are doing everything necessary, which should be done in an emergency. Medical services provide all necessary assistance to the victims.
In this difficult time we all need to support those who lost their loved ones. I ask all of Petersburgers and guests of our city to be vigilant, attentive and careful, with all the responsibility to treat what is happening.
Saint-Petersburg Government will provide all necessary assistance to the families of those killed and injured.
The leader of the Kremlin is visiting the city today and is expected to hold talks with the Belarusian president later in the day.
Sennaya Ploshad is one of the Russian city's main metro stations, where three underground lines connect.
It is beneath the large 'Sennaya' shopping centre as well as the offices of Gazprombank, Russia's third largest bank.
The St Petersburg metro said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies that it has closed two stations, Technological Institute and Sennaya Ploshchad - two neighbouring stations on one line - and is evacuating all passengers.
'Evacuation of passengers is ongoing, there are people injured,' it said.
'An unidentified object supposedly blew up in a (train) carriage.'
Following the reports, the Moscow metro also announced that it is 'taking additional security measures' as required by law in such situations, according to the network's official Twitter account.