Metro explosion in St. Petersburg kills 10; injures 50

An explosion in St. Petersburg, Russia has killed 10 people.

The explosion rocked the Sennaya Ploshchad Metro Station, an underground station, a couple of hours after noon on Monday April 3, 2017, according to a Russian newspaper.

The explosion was said to have been caused by a shrapnel device in a briefcase left by a passenger. Another unexploded briefcase was also found on the carriage.

Images from the scene of the explosion showed a metro train with one set of its doors blown out and several people about with injuries.

The number of injured persons at the scene of the blast is reported to be about 50, with casualty figure expected to increase.

Vladmir Putin, Russia’s President, was reported to be in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city, at the time of the explosion to meet with his counterpart from Belarus.


Russia overtakes Saudi Arabia as world’s largest oil producer

Russia is now the largest producer of oil globally for the second consecutive month, toppling Saudi Arabia into second position.

Data from the Russian Federal State Statistics Service revealed that Russia averaged about 10.8 million barrels per day in oil production for the month of January, more than the 10.5bpd it recorded in December 2016.

In the two months used for review, Saudi Arabia averaged 9.95 million barrels per day, making it second largest producer globally behind Russia.

Member nations of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and 11 non-OPEC members, including Russia, agreed to cut oil production by a cumulative 1.8 million barrels per day in an effort to control the falling prices of oil globally. The agreement, which went into effect on January 1, 2017, will expire in July. Russia’s part of the bargain included a reduction in output by 300,000 barrels per day.