St Petersburg is a Russian port city which signifies the rich heritage culture of Russia with venues like ultra modern Mariinsky Theatre which hosts a number of Opera shows and ballet performances, along with the State Russian Museum showcasing Russian art.
But this city of Russia recently faced a huge explosion in the metro on 3rd April 2017 wherein 14 people have been killed. Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has described it as a ‘terrorist attack’. The explosion took place on a train which was traveling between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institute stations at about 2:40 pm on Monday. A second device which was larger than the one that caused the blast was found at another metro station but was defused at right time. The blast led to the shutdown of metro railways in the second largest city in Russia. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
51, people have found to be injured and the count is still on as the rescue operation is going on. Four passengers who were injured are in critical condition. Many of the wounded are being treated at Dzhanelidze Research Institute of Emergency Medicine.
A suspect in the bombing has been identified as a Russian citizen in his 20s from the central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz authorities have identified the person as Akbarjon Djalilov but it is still not clear that whether he has died in the blast or is still alive. The number of dead increased from 11 to 14 on 4th April 2017.
A three-day mourning period for the victims has been initiated. President Vladimir Putin was in St. Petersburg before the deadly attack took place. He laid roses at one of the memorials on Tuesday. US President Donald Trump has expressed his grief and condolences to Putin. Later, Putin held a meeting with the security and law enforcement services. Various photographs emerging from the crime spot show that bandaged and bloodied people are being carried from the station where the train halted.
Speculations are that the bomber might be from ISIS or is a Chechen separatist.
The bomb blast in the heart of Russia has caused a great loss to the nation and investigations are going on as to why and who has planted these bombs. In the time being, we all have our condolences with the Russian citizens and pray that the bomber is arrested as soon as possible and given high-grade punishment.