Petersburg explosion was terror attack

Randolph Lopez
December 29, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday instructed security forces to kill all terrorists who threaten security officers' lives - in response to a bombing at a St. Petersburg market.

The Investigative Committee qualified the incident in St. Petersburg as an Assault to Murder of two or more people committed in a generally risky manner (Article 30, part 2 of Article 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

At least 13 people were injured Wednesday evening after an improvised explosive device went off at a storage area for customers' bags at the supermarket in St. Petersburg.

Footage showed multiple medical and police vehicles parked outside the Gigant Hall leisure centre, where the Perekrestok supermarket, in which the incident occurred, is located on the ground floor. Eight of the injured remained hospitalized.

People walk past the scene of an explosion at a supermarket in St. Petersburg Russia Thursday Dec. 28 2017. Russian President Vladimir Putin says Wednesday's explosion at a supermarket in the country's second-largest city was a terrorist
Putin said Wednesday's supermarket explosion that left at least 13 people injured was a terrorist attack

Local news sources said that officials are treating the explosion - equivalent to over 200g of TNT as deliberate.

Earlier this month Russia's FSB security service said it had arrested members of the Islamic State group who had planned to blow up the Kazan Cathedral, one of Saint Petersburg's most famous landmarks, among other crowded places.

In April, 14 people died in the St. Petersburg subway after a suicide bombing by a radical Islamist who was born in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan.

"Don't take any prisoners, liquidate the bandits on the spot", Putin said during remarks at a televised ceremony with veterans of Russia's military campaign in Syria.

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