St. Petersburg blast recognized as terror attack

 St. Petersburg blast recognized as terror attack

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that a terrorist attack occurred in St. Petersburg yesterday. 

"A terror attack was committed in St. Petersburg yesterday. The Federal Security Service recently thwarted another attempted terror attack," Puitn said at a meeting with the military personnel who took part in the operation in Syria.

The President ordered Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) to act within the law when detaining criminals, but in the event of a threat to the lives of law enforcement officers, no one should be captured but should be eliminated on the spot.

Putin noted that yesterday he "instructed the director of the Federal Security Service to act within the law, only the law, while working with these terrorists, while detaining them." 

"However, if there is a threat to the lives and health of our employees, our officers, to act decisively, not to capture anyone and eliminate gunmen on the spot," TASS cited the head of state as saying.

According to the latest data, a total of 13 people have been injured in an explosion in a supermarket in St. Petersburg, eight of them remain in hospitals, the city’s Vice-Governor in charge of social issues Anna Mityanina said earlier.

An explosion at a supermarket in St. Petersburg’s Kondratyevsky Avenue was reported at about 18.30 (MSK) on Wednesday. According to preliminary reports, an unidentified explosive device was detonated in the Gigant-Hall entertainment center on the first floor near self-storage lockers of the Perekrestok supermarket.