By Prudence Arobani
New York – UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned Monday’s explosion in Russia which killed at least 10 people.
Guterres, in a statement issued by his Spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, on Monday in New York, said those responsible for the dastardly act must be held accountable.
The UN chief also sympathised with the families of the victims and the Government of Russia.
“The Secretary-General condemns today’s bombing in the St. Petersburg metro.
“He extends his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and the people of the Russian Federation.
“Those responsible for this appalling act must be held accountable,” the Secretary-General said.
The bomb blast inside a train in the St. Petersburg Metro killed 10 passengers and injured dozens of others, officials said.
The entire Metro system was shut down as bomb squads and rescuers responded to the emergency.
The explosion happened as the train was traveling between the stations Tekhnologichesky Institut and Sennaya Ploshchad of the St. Petersburg Metro, the National Antiterrorism Committee confirmed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his reaction to the incident, said the possible cause of the bombing was not yet known.
“The causes of this event have not been determined yet, so it’s too early to talk about possible causes.
“The investigation will show. Certainly, we will consider all possibilities: common, criminal, but first of all of a terrorist nature,” Putin said.
Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said there were 47 victims of the blast and put the number of fatalities at 10.
Skvortsova said that the six people being treated in St. Petersburg hospitals for injuries remained in critical condition.