Netanyahu sends condolences to Russia over deadly subway bombing


( Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent his condolences to Russia following Monday's deadly subway explosion in St. Petersburg that killed at least 10 people and injured about 50 others.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, June 7, 2016. Credit: Haim Zach/GPO.

"On behalf of the government of Israel, I send condolences to President Putin and to the families of those who were murdered, following today's bombing on the St. Petersburg subway,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “The citizens of Israel stand alongside the Russian people at this difficult time."

Monday’s bombing occurred around 2:30 p.m. on St. Petersburg’s subway system on a train between the Technology Institute and Sennaya Square stations. A second bomb was later found at a nearby station and was disabled by police before it exploded. Both bombs contained shrapnel, according to initial news reports. Russia’s Interfax news agency reported that two people are believed to be behind the bombing, and authorities are searching for the suspects.

"The reasons for the explosion are unknown, so it's too early to talk about it. The investigation will show what happened," Putin said during a meeting with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko. "Naturally, we always consider all options—both domestic and criminal—primarily [for] incidents of a terrorist nature."

Posted on April 3, 2017 .