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Pope Francis praying for St. Petersburg subway attack victims

The blast claimed the lives of at least 14 people

VATICAN, April 5. /TASS/. Pope Francis has said he is deeply mourning the victims of the brutal terrorist attack in the St. Petersburg subway that occurred on Monday.

"My thoughts go out to all those who suffered from this cruel terrorist attack in the St. Petersburg subway," the pontiff said at the General Audience at the Vatican on Wednesday. "I am praying for those killed and express my spiritual closeness to their relatives and all those who suffered in this tragic event."

An explosive device of an unknown type went off at on Monday afternoon on a subway train in St. Petersburg. The Russian Investigative Committee described the blast as a terrorist attack. According to the Russian Health Ministry’s latest casualty figures, the explosion left 14 people dead, and nearly 50 are getting medical treatment in hospitals.