Egypt condemns St. Petersburg supermarket terrorist attack

Marie Harrington
December 29, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the explosion at the Perekryostok supermarket on Kondratyevsky Avenue in St. Petersburg on December 27 a terrorist attack.

The attack came after Putin thanked U.S. President Donald Trump last week for information passed on by the Central Intelligence Agency that he said helped break up an ISIL cell plotting to bomb St. Petersburg's Kazan Cathedral and other locations in the city.

Four people have been reportedly taken to hospital after an explosion in a storage locker at a supermarket in St. Petersburg, according to Russia Today.

The Egyptian foreign ministry's statement renewed Egypt's call for the need to unite global efforts to fight terrorism and its funding resources.

10 people sustained injuries during the explosion, but there were no fatalities.

Russia's National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) said an unidentified explosive device went off on a train that was travelling between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations.

The Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case on the grounds of attempted mass murder after the blast. Security officials said they are looking for the bomber.

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No one has claimed responsibility for the supermarket bomb.

The explosion occurred at around 1845 local time as Russians geared up to celebrate the New Year - the country's biggest holiday - followed by Russian Orthodox Christmas, which falls on January 7.

Putin said that he instructed FSB officers to "act strictly within the law" when detaining the alleged terrorists.

Mr Putin said the security situation in Russia would be much worse, however, if thousands of Russian citizens who had fought with the so-called Islamic State militant group in Syria had been allowed to return home.

In April, a suicide bombing in St. Petersburg's subway left 16 people dead and wounded more than 50.

Putin spoke Thursday at a military awards ceremony at the Kremlin but did not offer any details.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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