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Putin says St. Petersburg explosion was terror attack

Putin says St. Petersburg explosion was terror attack

Preliminary data shows that an explosive device found at the scene contained 200 grams (7 ounces) of TNT, state-run RIA news agency reported. He went on to note that another attack was thwarted recently, a reference to an alleged series of bombings in St. Petersburg that a Central Intelligence Agency tip helped prevent, according to the Kremlin.

"According to preliminary information, an explosion of an unidentified object occurred in a store", Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said in a statement.

It said the device was rigged with shrapnel to cause more damage.

The ministry expressed both the Egyptian people as well government's solidarity with the Russian people and their government in the fight against against terrorism.

"And that recently the Federal Security Service prevented another attempted terrorist act".

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The orders come a day after the blast injured at least 10 people.

An investigator works inside the supermarket after an explosion, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017.

The Kremlin said the arrested suspects had planned to bomb the city's Kazan Cathedral and other crowded sites.

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

"Don't take any prisoners, liquidate the bandits on the spot", Putin said during remarks at a televised ceremony with veterans of Russia's military campaign in Syria.