Putin: Supermarket Bombing Was a Terror Attack

Putin: Supermarket Bombing Was a Terror Attack

The Washington Post notes that only a few days ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked President Donald Trump and CIA Director Mike Pompeo for providing a tip based on American intelligence that thwarted a planned string of terrorist attacks in St. Petersburg.

This photo provided by the Information Center of the Russian National Antiterrorism Committee shows the damage inside a supermarket after an explosion, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017.

The bomb injured 13 people, six of whom were still in hospital, the city's Vice Governor Anna Mityanina said on Twitter.

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. It marked the first major attack targeting Russia since October 2015, when ISIL claimed responsibility for a bomb that downed a plane carrying Russian tourists from Egypt to St. Petersburg, killing all 224 on board. Security officials said they are looking for the bomber.

The Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case on the grounds of attempted mass murder after the blast.

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, would not offer any specifics on what led Putin to declare the attack an act of terrorism.

Earlier this month, security forces arrested seven suspected members of an Islamic State (IS) sleeper cell in St. Petersburg who were reportedly preparing a suicide bombing at the city's Kazansky Cathedral.

"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.

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