General view of emergency services attending the scene outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, following explosions in two train carriages in St. Petersburg, Russia April 3, 2017. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

At least 11 people have been killed and 45 injured after an explosion on a metro train in St Petersburg. The

blast occurred at the Sennaya Ploshchad station in the centre of the Russian city at 2:40pm local time. The Moscow metro said it was taking unspecified additional security measures in case of an attack there. An unverified source claims the blast was caused by a bomb filled with shrapnel. It is also claimed more than one bomb has been detonated in the attack.

Russian president Vladimir Putin is in St Petersburg after speaking at a forum earlier. About an hour after the blast took place, Putin expressed his condolences to families of the victims.

“I express my words of sincere regret, sympathy to relatives of the victims. I’ve already talked to the heads of the special services, the director of the FSB. The law enforcement bodies and special services will work to make every effort to ascertain the reasons for the incident to give a full assessment of what happened. The city and federal authorities will, if necessary, take all measures to support the families of those killed and injured.”

A variety of Islamic State outlets had previously stated that Russia would be a target, but there has yet to be any responsibility claimed for the attacks.

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