DONALD Trump and Vladimir Putin have pledged to join forces and fight terrorism together following the St Petersburg metro explosion.
At least 11 people were killed and 40 others were injured in the blast between two underground stations in the Russian city yesterday afternoon.
The US President expressed his condolences to the victims’ families in a phone call with the Russian leader.
Donald Trump expressed his deep condolences to the families of the victims killed
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “In a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump expressed his deep condolences to the families of the victims killed due to the barbaric act carried out in the St Petersburg metro, and asked to convey the words of support to the Russian people.”
He added: “The presidents noted that terrorism is an evil that must be jointly fought with.”
Russian leader Vladimir Putin said in a statement: “The causes are not clear, so it is premature to speak of this. The investigation will reveal.
“However, obviously we are always considering all options – technical and criminal, first of all, manifestations of a terrorist nature.”
Putin was in the city at the time of the blast and visited the scene in the evening to lay flowers in a show of respect to the victims of the attack.
Officials now believe a suicide bomber was behind the attack. Investigators believe their suspect had links to radical Islam.
Media from within the former Soviet nation alleged the attacker was from Central Asia.
Injured people were pictured lying bleeding on a platform as passengers and emergency services rushed to help them amid a flurry of smoke at 2.30pm local time (12.30pm GMT).
Passengers were immediately evacuated from the stations, the metro company said.
The driver of the metro has been hailed for driving the train forward as it almost certainly helped save lives and allowed people to be rescued quickly, senior investigator Svetlana Petrenko said.
No terror groups have claimed responsibility for the blast.
Story by express.co.uk