ST. PETERSBURG, April 3. /TASS/. People are bringing flowers and lit candles to St. Petersburg’s Sennaya Ploshchad metro station after the Monday afternoon blast in a metro train, a TASS correspondent reports from the site.
The station’s above-ground entrance area is cordoned off by the police and people are laying flowers to the adjacent station, Spasskaya. Later in the day, people will bring flowers to the Tekhnologichesky Institut station as the blast hit a train moving between these two stations.
Meanwhile in Moscow, people are coming to the monument to the Hero City of Leningrad (St. Petersburg’s name in the Soviet era) in the Alexander Garner just off the Kremlin wall to lay flowers and light candles as a sign of solidarity with those hurt in the St. Petersburg metro blast.
"We with the friends have decided to come here, to the Alexander Garden, to lay flowers to the monument to the Hero City of Leningrad. We want St. Petersburg residents to know that we share their grief about those killed in the metro blast," a young man who identified himself as Alexander told TASS.
An unidentified explosive device went off at about 15:00 Moscow time on Monday in a metro train that was moving between the Tekhnologichesky Institut and Sennaya Ploshchad stations. According to the Health Ministry’s latest data, ten people died in the blast while another 37 persons were hospitalized with various injuries. Russia’s Investigative Committee has qualified the blast as a terror attack.