Vladimir Putin has said armed militants could be “liquidated on the spot” as he declared a supermarket explosion in St Petersburg an “act of terror”.

A homemade bomb placed in a locker in the Russian city, Mr Putin’s hometown, detonated on Wednesday injuring 14 people including a pregnant woman.

Six of the wounded remain in hospital. Many were shopping ahead of New Year’s celebrations, the largest holiday in the country, followed by Russian Orthodox Christmas on 7 January.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the State Council at the Kremlin in Moscow on December 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Alexander NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Image:Vladimir Putin said armed militants should be ‘liquidated on the spot’

Officials said the unidentified explosive had power equivalent to 200 grams of TNT, and was placed in a storage locker.

“As you know, an act of terror took place in St Petersburg yesterday,” President Putin said at a ceremony for military officers who took part in Russia’s Syria campaign.

Scene outside a supermarket where four people have been injured according to Russian agencies
Image:Scene outside the supermarket where the explosion took place

He said, in light of the bombing, the Russian security services had been ordered to “act decisively” and “liquidate bandits on the spot” if armed militants attempted to resist them.

Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained that he was referring to all those “who harbour plans to carry out acts of terror in our country”.

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Mr Peskov rejected concerns that the many thousands of Muslim migrants in St Petersburg were to be put under suspicion because of the incident.

“Terrorism presents a danger to any populated locality in the world,” he said.

A police officer cordons off the site of a blast in a supermarket in Saint Petersburg on December 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Olga MALTSEVA (Photo credit should read OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)
Image:A police officer cordons off the site of a blast in a supermarket in St Petersburg

The bombing follows April’s suicide attack in the St Petersburg metrowhich was carried out by a Russian citizen born in Kyrgyzstan killed 15 people.

In December, the Russian security service announced the arrests of a number of Islamic State members who had planned to destroy St Petersburg’s iconic Kazan Cathedral.

Mr Putin thanked US President Donald Trump for the help from the CIA in identifying the terrorists.

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One thought on “Vladimir Putin orders police to ‘liquidate’ terrorists after St Petersburg explosion

  1. Reblogged this on On the Patio and commented:
    Now this is a terrorist policy worth having! I have no need to bear the cost of prosecuting, convicting and then housing these asshats. It just might get their attention. I know it got mine.

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