MOSCOW (AP) - The explosion at a supermarket in Russiaâ€™s second-largest city was a terror attack, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, adding that he has ordered security agencies to kill terror suspects on the spot if they resist arrest.
Officials said 13 people were injured Wednesday when an improvised explosive device went off at a storage area for customersâ€™ bags at the supermarket in St. Petersburg. Investigators said the device contained 200 grams (7 ounces) of explosives and was rigged with shrapnel to cause more damage.
While Russian law enforcement agencies stopped short of immediately describing the blast as a terror attack, Putin did not mince words Thursday at a Kremlin awards ceremony for Russian troops who fought in Syria.
â€śYou know that yesterday a terror attack was conducted in St. Petersburg,â€ť Putin said. He went on to note that another attack was thwarted recently, a reference to an alleged series of bombings in St. Petersburg that a CIA tip helped prevent, according to the Kremlin.
Putin said he told the chief of Russiaâ€™s main domestic security agency, the FSB, that agents who encounter resistance from terror suspects should â€śliquidate bandits on the spot.â€ť
No one has claimed responsibility for the supermarket bomb. Eight of the injured remained hospitalized.
Putinâ€™s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, would not offer any specifics on what led Putin to declare the attack an act of terrorism. The shrapnel that was part of the explosive device proved the explosion â€śwas a terror attack anyway.â€ť