Ten Reportedly Injured Following Explosion In St Petersburg

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.

Up to six more victims are also being examined on location, according to local media.

"There was a bang. Emergency personnel are already on the scene. The evacuation has been completed, and there was no fire," a local Emergencies Ministry official told news agency TASS.

The incident took place in the Perekrestok supermarket, which is located on the ground floor of the Gigant Hall leisure centre in the city's northwest Kalininsky district. Footage has shown multiple emergency services vehicles parked outside.

Russian news agencies have quoted St. Petersburg's branch of the Emergencies Ministry, saying that a device containing 200 grams of explosives went off today at the storage area for customers' bags. The Investigative Committee has now reportedly sent experts to look into the incident.

There were thousands of visitors inside the shopping complex in the northeast of the Russian city, during what is the busiest time of the year in the run-up to the New Year celebrations.

Earlier this year in April, there was a suicide bombing in the city, which took place on the St. Petersburg Metro between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations. The bombing killed 14 people and injured almost 50.

Initial reports said that two bombs had gone off, but it became clear that there was a single blast - possibly in the third carriage of the train. A second explosive devise was also found at the Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station, but this was defused.

More to follow.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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