Apr 3, 2017

Metro blast in St. Petersburg: 14 dead, more than 50 injured in terror attack

A makeshift bomb filled with shrapnel detonated inside at least two subway trains in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, Monday afternoon. 14 people have been reported dead, and more than 50 people were injured. The Russian prosecutor general has called the St. Petersburg explosion a terrorist attack.

The blasts hit the Sennaya Ploschad and nearby Tekhnologichesky Institut stations, according to the Tass and Interfax agencies. All St. Petersburg subway trains were shut down following the attack, and security was been tightened at all critical transport facilities. The Russian anti-terrorism committee also said it found and deactivated another bomb at a different St. Petersburg subway station.

President Vladimir Putin was in St. Peterburg earlier today, where he met with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko. In a televised statement less than an hour after the explosion, Putin said that the government and law enforcement agencies "will do everything to find out the causes of what had happened." He also offered his condolences to the families of the victims. Trump later remarked that the explsion was a "Terrible. Terrible thing. Happening all over the world. Absolutely a terrible thing."

Go deeper

Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

Updated 5 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 6,724.516 — Total deaths: 394,018 — Total recoveries — 2,996,832Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 1,894,753 — Total deaths: 109,042 — Total recoveries: 491,706 — Total tested: 19,231,444Map.
  3. Public health: WHCA president says White House violated social-distancing guidelines to make reporters "a prop" — Jailing practices contribute to spread.
  4. Sports: How coronavirus could reshuffle the sports calendar.
  5. Jobs: Better-than-expected jobs report boosts stock market.
  6. Media: The Athletic lays off 8% of staff, implements company-wide pay cut.

Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.