The bloody explosion that rocked a supermarket in the Russian city of St. Petersburg has been described as an “act of terror” by President Vladimir Putin.
Speaking at an awards ceremony for military officers, Putin called on security forces to fish out the perpetrators of the explosion which injured 14 people, six of whom remain in hospital.
“As you know, an act of terror took place in St Petersburg yesterday,” Putin said on Thursday.
He added that security forces should “act decisively”, but within the confines of Russian law, in their search for the suspects.
“If law enforcement feels threatened, they should “liquidate [the] bandits on the spot”, Putin added.
According to Russia’s Federal Security Service, seven suspects linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group have been arrested in connection with the bombing.
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