Saturday, 30 December 2017

Islamic State says it was behind the bombing of a supermarket in St Petersburg on Wednesday which left 14 people injured

A police officer cordons off the site of a blast in a supermarket in Saint Petersburg on December 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Olga MALTSEVA (Photo credit should read OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)

-President Putin describes the attack as an "act of terror", ordering security services to "liquidate" armed militants on the spot.

-IS' Amaq news agency said the attack was carried out by an "Islamic State-linked group". It did not, however, provide evidence.

-A pregnant woman was among those hurt after a homemade device was placed in a locker in Russian President Vladimir Putin's home city.
Scene outside a supermarket where four people have been injured according to Russian agencies

The power of the unidentified explosive was equivalent to 200 grams of TNT, officials said.

Mr Putin described the attack as an "act of terror", adding that security services had been ordered to "act decisively" and "liquidate" armed militants on the spot if they put up resistance.

The bombing follows April's suicide attack in the St Petersburg metro which killed 15 people. It was carried out by a Russian citizen born in Kyrgyzstan.

Earlier this month, Russia announced the arrests of a number of Islamic State members who it said had planned to attack St Petersburg's Kazan Cathedral.

Mr Putin thanked President Trump for help from the CIA in identifying the suspects.

Russia is hosting the 2018 World Cup, and St Petersburg is staging several matches, including one of the semi-finals.

Head of the FSB security service, Alexander Bortnikov, said the nation was alert to the possibility of jihadist fighters returning from Syria ahead of the tournament.

He said at least 4,500 Russians had left to fight with "terrorists" in the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere.

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