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Three days of mourning declared in St. Petersburg after metro blast

April 03, 19:21 UTC+3

According to official data, forty-seven people were injured in an explosion on a subway train in St. Petersburg

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Locals near St. Petersburg's Tekhnologichesky Institut metro station

Locals near St. Petersburg's Tekhnologichesky Institut metro station

© Alexander Demianchuk/TASS

MOSCOW, April 3./TASS/. The administration of St. Petersburg has declared three days of mourning starting from Tuesday after a metro blast on Monday, governor’s spokesman Andrey Kibitov wrote in his Twitter account.

"Three-day mourning is declared in the city from tomorrow on orders of St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko," he wrote.

"According to official data, forty-seven people were hurt. Seven died at the scene, one man died in an ambulance car on the way to hospital," Russian Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova told journalists earlier.

"Thirty-nine people were taken to hospital. Two of them have died, six are in a critical condition. The rest are in a moderately severe condition," she said.

The St. Petersburg governor said the city authorities will render all necessary assistance to the families of the dead and injured in the metro blast.

All churches of Russia’s second biggest city will be praying for the dead, city’s church official Natalia Rodomanova said. Clergymen have been dispatched to all hospitals where those injured in the blast were rushed. Eparchies have expressed readiness to offer moneyed assistance in case of necessity, Rodomanova added.

According to earlier reports, a bomb went off at about 14:40 Moscow time on Monday in a metro train car when the train was moving from Tekhnologichesky Institut Station to Sennaya Ploshchad Station in St. Petersburg.

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