- The horrific blast occurred between Sennaya Ploshchad and Sadovaya train station in St Petersburg, Russia
- Ambulances raced to the scene of the carnage caused by a nail bomb which was detonated on the network
- Metro officials reported blast was from an improvised explosive device on board which included shrapnel
- At least 10 people are reported to have been killed by the blast and 50 including children have been injured
These are the first images of the suspected terrorist accused of planting a nail bomb which ripped through carriages on a St Petersburg train killing at least ten and injuring 50 today.
Several Russian media outlets have released the CCTV picture of the bearded suspect who was wearing a long, black top and a hat blamed for caused the carnage by detonating a bomb that was packed with shrapnel.
The terrifying incident took place on a train that was travelling between Sennaya Ploshchad and Sadovaya metro stations. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the explosion, but previous attacks on Russia have been blamed on ISIS and Chechens.
Dozens have been injured, including at least three children, as it was reported the man left a briefcase on a train before moving carriages moments before the deadly blast.
A second explosive device disguised as a fire extinguisher was found and defused in a nearby station.
Bloodied passengers were left strewn across the platform in the Russian city as emergency services scrambled to save those wounded by the bomb and the resulting shards of glass and twisted metal.
Vladimir Putin is in his hometown of St Petersburg today for talks with the president of Belarus and confirmed ‘there are dead and injured’, offering his condolences to the families of those killed.
Russian officials have released this image of a man they believe is responsible for today’s massacre on the city’s metro train
A man crawls away from the train as bloodied passengers attempt to save those injured in the subway in St Petersburg, Russia
Several media outlets in Russia have identified this man as the suspected terrorist who killed 12 people in St Petersburg
A woman crouches over a man who has been injured in the blast as they are surrounded by carnage and blood
An injured passenger is helped by emergency services outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, following explosions in two train carriages at metro stations in St. Petersburg, Russia April 3, 2017
A woman with a bandaged head is carried on a rescue blanket away from the massacre at the metro in St Petersburg
A second bomb, disguised as a fire extinguisher and packed with ball-bearings, was found and defused at a nearby station
An injured person walks outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station with a blood-drenched coat and red hands
The Kremlin leader, who wanted to visit the scene in the aftermath of the attack but was held back by security services, said: ‘I have already spoken to the head of our special services, they are working to ascertain the cause of the blasts.
‘The causes are not clear, it’s too early. We will look at all possible causes, terrorism as well as common crime.’
Interfax news agency cited an unidentified source who says the suspect in Monday’s blast might have left the explosive device in a bag.
Russian online news outlet Fontanka published the grainy photo which shows a middle-aged man who entered Petrogradskaya station 20 minutes before the blast.
Interfax news agency earlier quoted a source as saying that surveillance cameras had captured photos of the blast suspect.
At this stage it is not clear whether or not the suspect was wearing the hat and gown as a disguise.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied earlier speculation that President Putin was due to pass by the Sennaya Metro station around the time of the blast.
The explosion happened between the Sennaya Ploshchad station and Tekhnologichesky Institut at around 2.40pm local time, Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee said.
Smoke fills the air at the platform of the metro station after two nail bombs were detonated
Firefighters, emergency service vehicles and a helicopter near Tekhnologichesky Institut station of the St Petersburg metro in the aftermath of an explosion which occurred in a train at 2.40pm Moscow time, according to Russian National Anti-terrorism Committee
Passengers disembark after a huge blast involving a nail bomb kills at least 10 people in St Petersburg, Russia