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A man leaves flowers during a memorial service for victims of a blast in St.Petersburg metro, outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station in St. Petersburg, Russia.  © REUTERS/Igor Russak

(Moscow) – The April 3, 2017, bombing of the St. Petersburg metro in Russia was a sickening act of violence for which the victims deserve justice, Human Rights Watch said today. The Russian Minister of Health, Veronika Skvortsova, has said that 14 people died. At least 45 were injured, and the Emergencies Ministry has published a list of 51 victims. Human Rights Watch extends its deepest sympathies to all people affected by this horrifying violence.

An explosive device detonated at 2:50 p.m. between the Sennaya Square and Institute of Technology metro stations. Another device was allegedly found at Vosstaniya Square.

The Investigative Committee, Russia’s criminal investigation service, is investigating the explosion as an act of terrorism. To date, no one has claimed responsibility.

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