At least 10 shoppers have been hospitalised after a homemade bomb packed with shrapnel exploded inside a busy St Petersburg supermarket.
Russian media has reported officials as saying an “improvised explosive device” which was “filled with projectiles” appears to have been the cause of the blast. An official statement said: “According to the preliminary assessment by explosives experts, an improvised explosive device, equivalent to 200 grams of TNT, exploded in St Petersburg.
“The device was filled with projectiles.” Russian media has reported the device was hidden inside a locker, although the motive for the bombing is not yet clear. Alexander Klaus, the head of St Petersburg’s investigative committee, said: ”All possible versions of what has happened are being worked on.
A device reportedly detonated inside a locker in the ground floor store
A statement from company which owns the store told Sputnik: ”At the moment the store is closed, buyers and staff have been evacuated. “Special services are working at the scene. “There is no more detailed information at the moment.”