10 December 2018

St. Petersburg subway blast is terrorist attack

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Russia’s Investigative Committee has qualified the explosion on a St. Petersburg metro train as a terrorist attack. At the same time, the investigators are not excluding other versions, apart from terrorism, the IC spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko has told. reports that "The criminal case was opened under Article 205 of the Criminal Code [Act of Terrorism], but the investigators are going to proceed along other lines of inquiry, too," she said.

The investigators were now looking into all circumstances of the explosion. IC chief Aleksandr Bastrykin has commissioned the IC’s special investigations department to probe into the affair.

"According to preliminary findings, a yet-to-be specified explosive device went off on a train between the Tekhnologichesky Institut and Sennaya Ploshchad stations at 14:40 Moscow time. There were casualties. A team of experienced investigators and forensic specialists from the IC’s head office has been dispatched to St. Petersburg," Petrenko said.

The specialists are going ahead with crime scene investigation. All pieces of important material evidence are being collected, witnesses and metro employees questioned and the number of casualties is being specified.
Preliminary findings indicate that the train driver’s actions were correct.

2017.04.03 / 20:44
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