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Italy, UN, US condemn deadly bombing in Russia

The blast took place on a subway train in the Russian city of St. Petersburg Monday afternoon, killing 14 people and injuring about 50 others, a report said.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday condemned the bombing in St. Petersburg Metro, which killed at least 10 people, and said that those responsible for the attack should be held accountable.

"The Secretary-General condemns today's (Monday) bombing in the St. Petersburg Metro," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at a daily news briefing here.

"He extends his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and the people of the Russian Federation," Dujarric said.

"Those responsible for this appalling act must be held accountable."

The blast took place on a subway train in the Russian city of St. Petersburg Monday afternoon, killing 14 people and injuring about 50 others, a report said.

The bomb, a homemade device filled with shrapnel, exploded in the third car just after the front of the train had entered the tunnel, the report said.

Italy also "strongly condemned" the bomb attack on the metro. "I strongly condemn and express my condolences and the Italian state's closeness to the Russian state and people for the attack a few hours ago in St Petersburg," Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said in a statement.

"Italy will continue to support Russia in the fight against terrorism and for peace and international security," he added. The bomb blast hit a train between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations at about 2.30 local time. Russian President Vladimir Putin said all causes, especially terrorism, were being investigated.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump also denounced the attack."Terrible. Terrible thing. Happening all over the world. Absolutely a terrible thing," Efe news quoted Trump as saying.

Expressing full solidarity with the Russian people and government in such hard times, Egypt offered condolences to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery for the wounded.

Putin, who was in the city on Monday to meet the Belarusian President, said that all possible causes would be considered.
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