Double-figure death toll feared after blast at Russian metro station

Emergency services work outside Sennaya Square metro station
Emergency services work outside Sennaya Square metro station

At least 10 people have been killed in an explosion on the subway in St Petersburg, Russian news agencies reported.

President Vladimir Putin, who was visiting the city on an unrelated trip, said investigators were looking into whether the explosion was a terror attack or if there might have been some other cause.

He offered his condolences to the families of those killed.

Russia's National Anti-Terrorist Committee, which said "several" people were killed and injured, said an unidentified explosive device went off on a train that was travelling between two stations.

The agency that runs the subway said several stations in the northern Russian city were closed and that an evacuation was under way.

Social media users posted photographs and video from a subway station in the city centre, showing people lying on the floor and a train with a mangled door nearby.

Frantic commuters reached into doors and windows, trying to see if anyone was there and shouting: "Call an ambulance!"

Images emerged online which show a door of a train blown off in one of the stations, while video showed commuters attempting to escape the smoke following the blast.

Mr Putin was expected to hold talks with the Belarusian president later in the day.