On 3 April 2017 an improvised explosive device detonated in a metro car at 14:40 on the stretch between metro stations "Sennaya square" and "Institute of Technology" in St. Petersburg, Russia. There are victims: 14 people died, 77 were injured. Another explosive device was found and defused at the station "Ploschad Vosstaniya" by station officer Albert Sibirsky. Upon explosion, the Investigatory Committee of Russia opened a criminal case under article 205 (terrorist attack). According to preliminary data, the explosion in the train station was committed by a suicide bomber.
The attack in St. Petersburg became the latest terrible event in public transport affecting cities such as Brussels, London and Moscow. Our public transport, that connects people, has become one of the main targets of global terrorism all around the world. Public transport constantly needs to upgrade its security systems, a difficult and demanding job requiring the participation of all staff and all passengers. Employees of public transport companies are at the forefront of this struggle and the professionals of St. Petersburg metro helped to avoid many more victims.
UITP expresses its deepest condolences to the families and relatives of the victims.