Thirteen people were injured Wednesday after an explosive device went off at a busy supermarket.
According to the Associated Press, a device packed with almost half a pound of explosives went off in the Kalininsk district in St. Petersburg, Russia. The bomb went off in a storage area for shopping bags. Nobody was killed.
50 people had to be evacuated from the Perekrestok supermarket, and according to RT, a local Emergencies Ministry official said, “There was a bang. Emergency personnel are already on the scene. The evacuation has been completed, and there was no fire."
The supermarket is part of a large shopping complex with thousands of visitors, especially during what is still the busy holiday shopping season. Investigators believe that the bomb was intended to kill a number of people.
It's unknown at this time who is responsible, but a suspect with a backpack was spotted on surveillance footage, according to ABC News. Russian President Vladimir on Thursday called the incident a "terrorist attack."
He also ordered his authorities to "take no prisoners" in the search for the terror suspect or suspects and to "liquidate the bandits on the spot," the New York Times reports. He did indicate that the suspects should not be killed immediately unless "the lives or health of our employees and our officers are threatened."
Back in April, a suspect with possible ISIS ties bombed a St. Petersburg metro station, killing 16 people and injuring more than 50.
Earlier this month, according to Politico, Putin gave President Trump a phone call to thank him for a CIA tip about several planned bombings in St. Petersburg. Several members of a suspected terror cell were arrested for their role in what appears to have been a plot to detonate explosives at busy sites in the city.
The White House said at the time, “Trump appreciated the call and told President Putin that he and the entire United States intelligence community were pleased to have helped save so many lives. President Trump stressed the importance of intelligence cooperation to defeat terrorists wherever they may be. Both leaders agreed that this serves as an example of the positive things that can occur when our countries work together.”
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