St. Petersburg Russia blast Moscow (CNN)At least 11 people were killed in a blast on the St. Petersburg metro Monday, three state-run Russian news agencies said. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev described the attack as a “terrorist act.”
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The blast occurred just after 2:30 p.m. (7:40 a.m. ET) as the train was traveling in a tunnel from Sennaya Ploshchad to Tekhnologichesky Institut stations in the city center. In the confusion, initial reports suggested there were two blasts.
Investigators are seizing items relative to the investigation, questioning witnesses and metro employees and working to confirm the number of dead and injured, Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement.
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People didn’t have ‘whole bodies’
Alexey Chirochkin was sitting on a bench in the subway station with his earphones on when he noticed a woman approaching him, he said. As he got up to give her his seat, the woman fell and he grabbed her.
Her face and hands were bloody, and she started crying when he asked if she needed an ambulance, he said.”Then I take my earphones off, I look around (and I see that) the station is full of smoke,” Chirochkin said. “People are running, panic (takes over). But there was no crowd. (People) did not jump over each other, did not push each other … Some were jumping out of (the metro car’s) windows.”
“It is possible that a person that I dragged out was dead,” Chirochkin said. “He had a lot of blood on his jacket.”