PARIS – At least 10 people have died and scores of others were injured after an explosion ripped through a subway in St. Petersburg on Monday afternoon, according to Russia’s state-run news agency TASS.
“Evacuation is under way at a blast-hit subway station,” TASS reported. “Seven metro stations in the city have been closed following the blast.”
An unidentified device was set off inside a subway car while it was traveling between the Sennaya Square and Technology Institute stations, according to reports.
Citing a city official, TASS said that at least 50 people were hurt in the explosion.
The blast is said to have happened at 2:40 p.m. local time, when Russia’s President Vladimir V. Putin was in the city for a meeting and to give a speech.
Contacted by WWD, Mercury Group, owner of the luxury Tsum department store and its St. Petersburg branch DLT, expressed its condolences “to the victims of the terrorist attacks” and said it strengthened security measures at DLT, an acronym for Dom Leningradskoy Torgovli, or Leningrad Trade House.
Asked about its Moscow flagship, “the decision to strengthen security measures at Tsum will be made if the state bodies of security services will require to do so,” Mercury added.