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Blast in Saint Petersburg supermarket injures 4, say officials

Without mentioning terrorism as a possible cause, Investigative Committee spokesman says incident classed as attempted murder

Illustrative: Police officers guard the entrance to Sennaya Square metro station in St. Petersburg, on April 3, 2017. (AFP Photo/Olga Maltseva)
Illustrative: Police officers guard the entrance to Sennaya Square metro station in St. Petersburg, on April 3, 2017. (AFP Photo/Olga Maltseva)

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA — An explosion at a supermarket in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg injured at least four people Wednesday, officials said, with investigators working at the scene after moving shoppers away.

“According to preliminary information, an explosion of an unidentified object occurred in a store,” Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said in a statement.

“Four people have been hospitalized.”

She said the incident has been classed as attempted murder, without mentioning terrorism as a possible cause.

Police said the blast occurred in a supermarket northeast of the city centre, with sources telling Russian agencies that the exploding object was traced to a storage locker.

“About 6:30 p.m., there was the sound of a blast. As a result, several people have been injured,” the Saint Petersburg police said, giving the incident’s location.

“There is no fire. All shoppers have been evacuated,” an emergencies ministry representative told Interfax, adding that police and investigators were at the scene.

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