30 December 2013, 09:29

Volgograd: blast in trolleybus. LIVE UPDATES

Volgograd: blast in trolleybus. LIVE UPDATES

The death toll from the blast has risen to 15 people, with a further 23 receiving injuries, the Volgograd Region's vice-governor Vasiliy Galushin said. "The emergency services have reacted very swiftly. All those injured have been taken to hospitals, as their identities are being determined," he said.  The Investigative Committee has announced it established a link between the explosions at the Volgograd train station and on the trolleybus. The FSB now officially says there is a strong chance today's trolleybus blast is connected to yesterday afternoon's railway station suicide bombing.

Read more about the deadly trolleybus blast here

The number of injured in the Monday morning trolley-bus explosion in Volgograd has increased to 28, the Health Ministry reports.

"There are 28 injured," Health Ministry press secretary Olga Salagai said.

Earlier the Health Ministry and the Investigative Committee reported that the blast killed 10 people.On Sunday there was an explosion at the railway station in Volgograd. According to Health Ministry statistics, 17 people died in it and 45 more were injured.

On Sunday, at least 18 people were killed and over 40 more injured in a suicide bomber attack at the city's main train station. The investigation is underway. Read the VoR's live updates here

Sunday terror attack in Volgograd killed 17, injured 45 people more, according to the latest reports of the Health Ministry. "A total of 62 people were afflicted by the explosion, 14 of them died at the scene and three died later in hospital,"the Health Ministry press service said on Monday.

"Thirty people are receiving hospital treatment at medical institutions in Volgograd, eight - are getting out-patient treatment," a press officer said.Seven wounded were flown to federal medical institutions in Moscow, the official said.

Read more:

Volgograd suicide bomber's identity confirmed, photos now public

Families of Volgograd terrorist attacks to get 1 million rubles, money for funerals - Emergency Ministry

US condemns terrorist attack in Volgograd

Voice of Russia

  • 10:33
    Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has issued a condemnation of the acts of suicide bombing.
  • 10:32
    Member-states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization resolutely condemn the terrorist acts that took place December 29 and December 30, 2013, in Volgograd.
  • 09:44
    The All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) is removing comedy programs from airing on all its TV channels from December 30 to January 2 due to Volgograd bombings.
  • 09:31
    Death toll from Russian bombings rises to 33
  • 08:28
    Payments to the families of those killed and injured in two suicide bombing attacks in Volgograd will be continued on December 31 and in early January - during public holidays. More than 100 million roubles from the federal and regional budgets have already been allocated for these purposes.
  • 07:52
    The Chief Directorate specifies in its release that 18 people died after the explosion at the railway station on Sunday and 15 people in the trolley-bus on Monday.
  • 07:52
    Chief Directorate of the Russian Emergency Ministry for the Volgograd Region reports that the number of victims of two terrorist acts in Volgograd has grown to 33.
  • 06:05
    Olga Makarova from the Centre of Emergency Psychological Aid (CEPA) of the Russian Emergency Ministry reported that all those who died as a result of two terrorist acts in Volgograd have been identified. She specified that CEPA experts provided psychological follow-up of the identification process.
  • 05:37
    The head of the International Olympic Committee has written to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to express his confidence that the country can deliver a safe Winter Games in Sochi despite the deadly bombings in the city of Volgograd.
  • 03:43
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the relevant ministries and agencies during preparations for Russia’s chairmanship in the Group of Eight (G8) to pay special attention to the strengthening of the non-proliferation regime, the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking.
  • 02:42
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need to join international efforts to fight an international terrorist threat in a telephone conversation held on Monday, the Kremlin press service reports.
  • 01:12
    Vladimir Putin gave instructions to the National Anti-Terrorism Committee to step up security measures across all of Russia and specifically in Volgograd Region. The President will receive daily reports from the NAC on the measures being taken along with regular situation reports.
  • 00:27
    The UN Security Council says it is "outraged" by the Volgograd bombing and condemns it "in the strongest terms". "These abhorrent and abominable attacks deliberately targeted places of mass gathering, in particular public transportation," council members said.
  • 23:45
    Head of the Russian Emergency Ministry Information Department Alexey Vagutovich reported that seven victims of two explosions in Volgograd are on the way to Moscow aboard an Ilushin-76 plane.
  • 21:56
    The Volgograd terrorist attacks cases will be solved, Nikolai Patrushev, the Russian Security Council's Secretary, has said. "The terrorist attacks cases wiil be solved and those responsible will be punished," Patrushev said Monday in a phone conversation with his Israeli counterpart Yossi Cohen.
  • 21:34

    David Cameron is "shocked and saddened by the Volgograd attacks." He has written to President Putin to say "the UK will help Russia", according to Twitter.

     

  • 21:11
    More than 4,000 Interior Ministry workers take part in Vikhr-Antiterror operation in Volgograd - National Anti-Terrorist Committee
  • 21:11
    The Vikhr-Antiterror operation (Whirlwind-Anti-terror in Russian) is under way in Volgograd, following the recent terrorist attacks. It will last until a special order isn't given. Police and internal troops went to a heightened security mode, Andrei Pilipchuk,a spokeperson to the Volgograd region's National Ant-Terrorist Committee office, has said.
  • 20:55
    The train station in Volgograd badly damaged by Sunday's deadly bombing will be completely restored and modernized by Victory Day, May 9, according to Russian Railways (RZD).
  • 20:50

    The Organizing Committee of the 2018 World Cup has expressed its condolences to families and friends of those killed and wounded in the terrorist attacks in Volgograd.

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  • 20:28
    IOC head Thomas Bach on Monday condemned as "despicable" two bomb attacks in Russia that killed 31 people, and said he was confident security would be solid at the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics.
  • 19:49
    Authorities are doing their best investigating the terrorist attacks in Volgograd, so people shouldn't yield to provocations and panic, Anatoly Kucherena, a Russian Civic Chamber member, has said.
  • 19:36
    Volgograd priests are keeping watch in hospitals and morgues and collecting money for the victims of the terrorist attacks.
  • 19:22
    The Russian National Anti-Terrorist Committee has made changes to its plan of emergency measures aimed at hightening security all across the country, the Committee has informed.
  • 18:52
    Insuarance companies to pay up to 2 mln rubles to Volgograd trolleybus blast victims.
  • 18:50
    An Emergencies Ministry aircraft has arrived in Volgograd for possible transportation to Moscow of the people injured in the terrorist attacks.
  • 18:47
    Heads of each Russian region must be responsible for the security in their territories, the Russian National Anti-Terrorist Commitee has said following an emergency meeting held after terrorist attacks in Pyatigorsk and Volgograd.
  • 18:46
    The Tatarstan Health Ministry is checking mass media information about Pavel Pechyonkin who is suspected of having carried out the terrorist attacks in Volgograd.
  • 18:36
    "The work is proceeding accurately and smoothly, however five people injured are still in very serious condition," the regional government quoted Golodets as saying in a statement.
  • 18:36
    People injured in the Volgograd bombings are being provided with comprehensive medical care, Russian deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said following a crisis center meeting in Volgograd.
  • 18:21
    Extra security measures have been launched for Moscow's commuter train network in the wake of bombings in Volgograd, said the Central Suburban Train Passenger Company (TsPPK), which operates commuter trains.
  • 18:17
    Seventy people who were hurt in the Volgograd terrorist attacks are now receiving treatment in hospitals and clinics, according to the Volgograd region's Health Ministry.
  • 17:51
    The Russian authorities will be provided with a daily report on measures to liquidate the consequences of the bombings in Volgograd, the Russian Security Council told Interfax. "The Russian president will be provided with a daily report on the state of measures being taken," the Russian Security Council press office said.
  • 17:49
    The Russian Federation Council calls for putting in place a regime of mass mobilization against terrorism, Alexander Torshin, the First Deputy Chairman of the upper chamber has suggested earlier today following an emergency meeting on the situation in Volgograd.
  • 17:21
    A Russian Emergencies Ministry aircraft has taken off from Moscow to Volgograd, Irina Gogoleva, a spokesperson for the Ministry’s regional office has informed. "The IL-76 has taken off from Moscow to Volgograd at 16:30 Moscow time with five four-seats medical modules, mobile intensive care units, psychologists, rescuers, and Federal Biomedical Agency representatives on board."
  • 16:55
    Police already have some leads in a Volgograd terrorist attacks investigation, Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the Russian Federal Security Service and National Anti-Terrorist Committee, has informed journalists.
  • 16:43
    Security is being tightened in Volgograd and Russian-wide on President Putin’s orders, says FSB chief Alexand Bortnikov.
  • 16:42
    People responsible for barbaric violence in Volgograd will bear severe punishment, says Islamic community.
  • 16:29
    US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has condemned the Volgograd explosions. “The United States decisively condemns the terrorist acts in Volgograd. All my thoughts and prayers are about the victims and those who suffered through those barbaric deeds,” McFaul wrote on his Twitter page on Monday.
  • 16:20
    An interdepartmental working group has been set up on the Public Chamber’s initiative to monitor investigations into the Volgograd bombings and aid to the families of those killed and wounded in the blasts, a Public Chamber source said.
  • 16:18
    64 people injured in two bomb blasts in Volgograd are in hospitals in Volgograd and Moscow, according to the Health Ministry’s press service.
  • 15:54
    Head of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee, Director of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov arrived in Volgograd on Monday.
  • 15:53
    Two adults and one baby hurt in the Volgograd bus explosion are in critical condition, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said.
  • 15:49
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has sent a letter with her condolences on the Volgograd terrorist attacks to Russian President Vladimir Putin .
  • 15:31
    Blood samples of suspected Volgograd bomber's parents taken for DNA test.
  • 15:24

    Number of injured in Volgograd trolley bus blast reaches 41 with 27 hospitalized, according to Health Ministry.

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  • 15:21
    State-owned TV channels change their schedule due to Volgograd terrorist attacks.
  • 15:15
    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has offered his condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Volgograd terroris attacks.
  • 15:15
    More than 600 Volgograd residents come to donate blood for injured in terrorist acts.
  • 15:00
    In St. Petersburg New Year fireworks cancelled due to Volgograd terrorist attacks.
  • 14:58
    Israeli President Shimon Peres has condemned Volgograd terrorist acts earlier today and offered his condolences to the families of the deceased and the Russian people. "I personally and on behalf of the Israeli people offer deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and the Russian people. I also wish the soonest and full recovery to the injured," Peres's statement says.
  • 14:38
    Jean-Claude Mignon, president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, condemned the terrorist attack at the Volgograd railway station on Sunday, the PACE press service said.
  • 14:32
    All bodies from Volgograd's rail station blast indentified - regional authorities website.
  • 14:30
    The Emergency Situations Ministry is organizing regular airline communication with Volgograd to take the people hurt in the two terrorist attacks there and their relatives to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov said.
  • 14:28
    Two teenagers and one baby child have been seriously wounded by a blast in a trolley bus in Volgograd, said Health Minister Veronica Skvortsova. The child is in coma, she said.
  • 14:24
    "In accordance with the decisions of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee, on top of the upgrade measures, which were taken amid the New Year holidays, the Interior Ministry is introducing additional measures to enhance security," the Interior Ministry press office told Interfax. "Vehicles are being examined more seriously and addresses, on which intelligence comes, are being checked," the press office said.
  • 14:20
    Russian Foreign Ministry hightens security in accordance with National Anti-Terrorist Committee decisions made after Volgograd's terrorist attacks.
  • 14:16
    The parents of the critically-hurt eight-month-old baby are feared to have been killed in the explosion. This is according to the deputy PM Olga Golodets.
  • 14:16
    The general mood in the city of Volgograd remains tense, psychologists with the emergency agency say.
  • 14:16
    The Volgograd police were first alerted to the trolleybus blast by a call from the trainee bus driver who cried out: "We were bombed! Call the ambulance!"
  • 14:14
    EU foreign police chief condemns Volgograd terrorist attack
  • 14:12
    Another witness tweeted: "A car drives away with the bodies of several blast victims, another one pulls up. It strats to rain."
  • 14:12
    A woman who witnessed the trolleybus explosion is weeping in the street: "I’ve been through the Georgian and Abkhazian wars, I know what it is like when they feed babies to the flames. A third blast is coming!"
  • 14:08

    According to information obtained by the Voice of Russia, suspected Volgograd trolley-bus bomber Pavel Pechyonkin, aged 32, is a former paramedic. In 2012, he joined the bandit underground, having left a note for his mother on his lap top computer. Pechyonkin has since communicated with his parents two or three times via the Internet.

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    (c) Pechyonkin’s photo was provided to the Voice of Russia by the National Anti-Terrorist Committee.

  • 14:06
    The Volgograd region’s web page has published the tentative list of the trolleybus blast casualties, including three victims who succumbed to their wounds in hospital.
  • 14:06
    The oldest victim of the suicide attack on the trolleybus is 66. Two 16-year-olds and an eight-month-old baby are also among those hurt by the bombing. The toddler is reported to be in critical condition.
  • 14:06
    The Russian government has allocated 65 million rubles (about 2 million dollars) of reserve funds to those affected by the deadly Volgograd bombings.
  • 14:06
    The Just Russia Party’s chief Sergei Mironov has called to sack the Volgograd region’s Governor Sergei Bozhenov.
  • 14:06
    Head of the Russian parliament’s security and anti-corruption committee, Irina Yarovaya, has endorsed the proposed death penalty for terrorists.
  • 14:06
    Meanwhile, the counterterrorism operation regime has been lifted in Chegem, Kabardino-Balkaria, the republican operative staff reported on Monday. "Upon the accomplishment of special-purpose measures on a part of the territory of Chegem in the Chegem district, the head of the Federal Security Service's department in Kabardino-Balkaria ordered to lift at 1 pm Moscow time the counterterrorist operation regime, which was put into place at 8:30 am Moscow time," the report said. The National Antiterrorism Committee said earlier that three militants were killed by Federal Security Service and Interior Ministry forces in a district of the town of Chegem. "Three federally wanted militants, among them a ringleader, were killed," the National Antiterrorist Committee's information center reported.
  • 13:52
    According to information obtained by the Voice of Russia, suspected Volgograd trolley-bus bomber Pechyonkin, aged 32, is a former paramedic. In 2012, he joined the bandit underground, having left a note for his mother on his lap top computer. Pechyonkin has since communicated with his parents two or three times via the Internet.
  • 13:52
    Law enforcement agencies have denied the media reports on the second bomb found near the trolley bus blown up in Volgograd. "Indeed, the law enforcement agencies have received information that cables were sticking out of a bag found near the explosion site. However, later it turned out that it was the fare collector's bag and it posed no threat," a source in the law enforcement agencies of the Southern federal District told Interfax. Some media earlier reported that the second explosive device had been found at the site of the terrorist attack in the Volgograd Dzerzhinsky district and was diffused.
  • 13:51
    Orthodox Christian churches are praying for the victims of the two suicide bombings in Volgograd. Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, said a special prayer for those currently in hospital in the wake of the attacks, his office reported. Churches throughout Volgograd are holding special services in commemoration of those killed in the bombings and for the health of the survivors. "For years our long-suffering land enjoyed a time of peace and calm. Now some forces are trying to seed panic among our people and instill fear in our souls. That will not happen," Metropolitan German of Volgograd stated.
  • 13:51
    A million rubles will be given to the families of the victims of the bus blast; others will receive 200,000 to 400,000 rubles, depending on the injuries, authorities have said. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has made the order.
  • 13:49
    A million rubles will be given to the families of the victims of the bus blast; others will receive 200,000 to 400,000 rubles, depending on the injuries, authorities have said. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has made the order.
  • 13:39

    Pavel Pechenkin, a member of the Buinaksk ring operating in Dagestan who was born in the town of Volzhsk in the Republic of Mari El, is suspected of the Volgograd railroad terminal bombing, a source from the law enforcement authorities said. He said Pechenkin joined the Dagestani militants in spring 2012. "Pavel's parents - Nikolai and Fanaziya - came to Dagestan in September 2013 and searched for him in the town of Buinaksk and the suburbs. The search was unsuccessful and they made a video address to their son, who had adopted the Islamic name of Ansar ar-Rusi. The parents failed to find their son and returned home," the source said.

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  • 13:36
    Explosion was very powerful, trolleybus was ripped apart - witness in Volgograd. Read VoR's exclusive interview here
  • 13:25
    The trolleybus in Volgograd was blasted by a male suicide bomber, his remains have been sent for a DNA study, official spokesman for the Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin said.
  • 13:21
    The Volgograd region has declared a period of mourning, starting on Monday for the victims of the two latest bombings. This is a 48 hour extension of the commemoration, which was originally intended to run from Wednesday to Friday.
  • 13:14
    According to preliminary data, the terrorist's name is allegedly Pavel Pechyonkin, born in Mari El region, who joined resistance forces in 2012, the Voice of Russia's source said.
  • 13:10
    The presumed suicide bomber who set off his charge on a Volgograd trolleybus was reportedly a paramedic with an ambulance crew. He allegedly joined Dagestan insurgency in spring 2012. His parents lost track of him in the North Caucasus republic in September 2013.
  • 13:08
    The death toll from the two terrorist attacks in Volgograd has reached 32 people, Russian Deputy Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Stepanov said.
  • 13:07
    At instructions from President Vladimir Putin Security Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev has held an emergency session of the National Antiterrorist Committee (NAC). NAC head Alexander Bortnikov is currently on his way to Volgograd.
  • 13:07
    Emergency Situations Ministry preparing two planes to go to Volgograd
  • 13:02
    Russian Railways advised passengers to arrive early to stations because it ramped up the security checks and screening may take additional time. The company calls on the people to immediately report any suspicious objects to police officers.
  • 12:51
    An explosion equal in strength to 4 kilograms of TNT took place in the attack, according to the investigative committee.
  • 12:51
    Vladimir Markin of the investigative committee has confirmed the connection to between the Sunday and Monday bombings.
  • 12:51
    The suicide bomber has been identified to be male.
  • 12:49
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued an order to enhance security measures in every Russian city and in Volgograd in particular. That’s according to an official representative of the Russian Anti-Terrorism Committee.
  • 12:25
    Russian media have interviewed a shocked teenage witness of the trolleybus attack who gave her tearful account of the morning events. According to the teen, she was in a shop nearby when the blast went off. She said she had been knocked down and was afraid to come out of the building at first. When she finally walked up to the blast-ravaged trolleybus she caught the sight of a young woman, apparently a passer-by, who was lying on the pavement in a pool of blood with her leg shredded by the explosion. An arm that belonged to the driver was lying not far away but his body was nowhere to be seen as it had probably been blown to pieces, the girl said in tears. She added the scene was so gruesome she couldn’t stand the sight so she hurried away.
  • 12:25
    A member of the Russian chamber of Commerce, Anatoly Kucherena, told reporters his agency was working with experts to investigate the details of the Volgograd bombing. He added the probe was expected to yield some conclusions on how security situation could be improved on the local and national levels.
  • 12:25
    Russia’s human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin has denounced as "hysterical" the calls to toughen the country’s laws and reintroduce death penalty for terror attacks.
  • 12:25
    Volgograd is planning to beef up police security with Cossack paroles, Gov. Sergei Bozhenov has said. First Cossack cavalrymen have already arrived in the city.
  • 12:19
    14 people died in the trolleybus blast in Volgograd - Russian Health Ministry
  • 12:11
    Doctors fight for life of baby injured in Volgograd trolleybus bombing - RT
  • 12:07

    A pregnant woman is among injured in the blast, that is according to the Russian health ministry.

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  • 12:03

    Numerous city residents, who gathered behind the police cordon band at the site of the explosion, say that there were many students on their way to classes in the trolleybus. "There was an intense bang, then a lighting, and all the road was in smoke. The passersby at first didn’t understand what happened. But then, when they saw the crumpled frame of the trolleybus and bodies of the victims all around, they were horrified," one of the eyewitnesses, Polina, said.

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  • 11:56

    The number of wounded in the trolley bus incident has risen to 28 people, 22 of which have been hospitalized. A five to six-month old child is in critical condition, a spokesman told the Rossiya 24 channel.

  • 11:55
    The number of dead has risen to 13 people, an ITAR-TASS source reported. Cell phone cam footage, however, is being collected from bystanders.
  • 11:49
    Cossacks will be patrolling streets of Volgograd after the terror attacks - governor.
  • 11:44
    Everyone killed in the Sunday terrorist attack on the Volgograd railway station, including two children, have been identified, a source in local medical circles has told Interfax.He said that the list of 17 killed includes two children born in 2001 and 2002.
  • 11:44
    Investigators probing the terrorist attacks in Volgograd are asking citizens to provide information on the circumstances of the trolley bus explosion that occurred in Volgograd on Monday, Investigations Committee official Vladimir Markin said.
  • 11:42
    22 people hurt in the trolley bus explosion in Volgograd have been hospitalized, the Health Ministry press service said on Monday.
  • 11:35
    The neighborhood where the deadly explosion ripped apart a trolleybus on Monday morning is described as densely-populated. There is a Kachinsky market and a supermarket in the area, as well as numerous vendor stands, kiosks, clubs and the building of the former summer school. It is the second blast in the community, locals confessed. Many people said they had realized it was not a firecracker explosion the very moment they heard the bang.
  • 11:22

    According to the Russian Health Ministry, the number of injured in the trolleybus has risen to 28.

  • 11:21
    The FSB now officially says there is a strong chance today's trolleybus blast is connected to yesterday afternoon's railway station suicide bombing.
  • 11:21
    Rumors of other terror attacks in Volgograd - namely the tram blast or the attack that supposedly occurred at the 'Monolith' factory - are completely unfounded, Svetlana Smolyanova, head spokeswoman for the Volgograd Region interior ministry told Interfax. "There are no other bombings to report. People have constantly been phoning in with questions regarding that, but there's nothing to confirm the rumors."
  • 11:19
    Irina Osintseva, a Volgograd commuter who regularly used route No 15 to go to work, was in tears as she told reporters she decided to travel by a commuter minivan on the day of the bombing and barely escaped the fate.
  • 11:19
    One of the theories says the explosive device might have been triggered with the help of a cell phone.
  • 11:19
    A ticket controller who was working on another trolleybus nearby when the explosion went off said that the driver of the second vehicle and many commuters rushed out to help the blast victims.
  • 11:19
    Bomb squads are now investigating the market close to the bombing scene with dogs.
  • 11:19
    "You can hardly call a taxi in the city right now, because the phone lines are busy or taxi operators say they cannot take any more orders," says Marina Gorshkova, a woman living in Volgograd.
  • 11:13
    In relation to the terror attack the personnel of the Volgograd region department of the Interior Ministry has been alerted as of 1 pm on December 29.
  • 11:06
    The security has been tightened on Moscow's transport facilities due to the terrorist attacks in Volgograd. This information has been confirmed to Interfax by Alexei Mayorov, the head of the Moscow regional security department.
  • 11:04
    A number of companies in Volgograd are contributing to the transportation, providing commuters with rides to work. People are terrified of using public transportation services.
  • 10:55
    Volunteers are reported to be offering psychological support to residents of the houses nearby after their windows were shattered by the blast wave. They say people are shocked and require psychological assistance.
  • 10:55
    Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova has said three of the bus victims are in critical condition.
  • 10:55
    The Committee has announced it established a link between the explosions at the Volgograd train station and on the trolleybus.
  • 10:55
    Russia’s Investigative Committee has confirmed the deaths of ten people in the trolleybus blast.
  • 10:51
    Three victims of Volgograd trolley bus blast are in serious condition - Russian health minister
  • 10:45
    The number of injured rises to 25 people, accodring to the RIA Novosti news agency.
  • 10:45
    Burns and multiple traumas have been sustained by the victims of the trolley blast. Moscow is standing by to receive more wounded, if the need arises, health ministry spokeswoman Veronika Skvortsova told RIA Novosti.
  • 10:45
    The blast was of such magnitude that it shattered the windows on neighboring shops and apartment buildings, authorities tell reporters.
  • 10:44
    Eyewitness, Alina Averyasova, says that "at the moment of the explosion I was asleep, I woke up because of an enormous blast. I heard the glass shattering in the first two stories of the building. I looked out the window, it was still dark, and I saw a bus that was ripped by a blast and people were running away from it screaming. Some of them were wounded, a lot of people were panicking... Within minutes a police car and an ambulance and a fire engine drove up. All the roads and streets were sealed off, nobody could approach the area, people got evacuated, nobody could approach. Police came over and started looking for a bomb nearby. this is all that I saw and I was very scared."
  • 10:42
    23 people, including a one-year-old newborn were taken to hospitals after a bomb attack in a trolleybus in the Russian southern city of Volgograd, regional medical services said.
  • 10:41
    Alleged eye-witnesses have reported an explosion near the Diamand mall in the city’s Traktorozavodsky district and another blast that purportedly hit a commuter minivan in Volgograd’s Krasnooktyabrsky district. RIA Novosti news agency has refuted more reports of explosions, citing the city’s administration, after social networking websites claimed another blast had hit Volgograd’s Traktorny district.
  • 10:38
    A ticket controller was among the trolleybus blast victims. The driver had been hospitalized and is reported to be in grave condition.
  • 10:38

    Volgograd commuters leave busses, trolleybuses and micro vans to walk the rest of the way on foot.

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  • 10:38
    An explosive device was apparently planted on the trolleybus, rather than was brought in by a suicide bomber, the official theory says. Experts add it’s too early to say whether the IED had a timer or was triggered remotely.
  • 10:36
    The Emergencies Ministry has said it will fly the relatives of those caught in the blast to Volgograd. Families of the casualties will receive million-ruble compensation from the federal budget each.
  • 10:25
    Trolleybus explosion in Volgograd kills 15, injures over 20 more - vice governor
  • 10:19
    Six wounded passengers are in critical condition.
  • 10:18
    Eyewitnesses claim that the explosion sounded like a fire-cracker.
  • 10:16
    The trolleybus' driver has survived. He is now in hospital. Eyewitnesses say he was a trainee.
  • 10:16
    "The people are in a state of shock and bewilderment. A second terrorist attack in two days....a third in recent months. I was there 15 minutes after the explosion occurred," Artem Tolkachev, an eyewitness, told Life News.
  • 10:14
    The Central Spiritual Administration of the Muslims of Russia has condemned the latest bombing in Volgograd, describing it as a "heinous crime" perpetrated by "criminal fanatics at the instigation of wicked provocateurs."
  • 10:13
    "We are terrified. Everyone disembarked from buses and trams to walk on foot. I live 200 meters away from that place, I was just passing it on my way to work," Sergey Stukalov, an eyewitness, told RIA Novosti. Sergey also said that the blast occurred on the No.15 trolley route, connecting a suburb to Volgograd's downtown area.
  • 10:11
    Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said that the President has been alerted to the second Volgograd explosion. "Corresponding reports have been handed in to the President by security services. The head of state has made all provisions," Peskov said.
  • 10:10
    The emergency agency has set up a special hotline that will handle calls on the second Volgograd blast. Earlier, the city unveiled a list of hotlines you can call for psychological support: 8(800)775-17-17; to contact the local emergency authority: (8442)23-03-18, (8442)23-02-82, (8442)23-02-73.
  • 10:10
    Volgograd’s regional Gov. Sergei Bozhenov is heading to the scene of the explosion.
  • 10:03
    President Vladimir Putin has met Federal Security Service (FSB) head Alexander Bortnikov who informed him about the Monday morning trolley-bus explosion in Volgograd, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov has announced. "The president is receiving corresponding reports along the lines of other special services too. The head of state has given all due instructions," Peskov said.
  • 10:01
    The National Anti-Terror Committee has cited a terrorist attack as one of the most probable causes of the blast, which was apparently triggered by a bomb planted on the vehicle.
  • 10:01
    The explosion ripped through the vehicle during a Monday morning rush hour when most commuters were on their way to work and the bus was packed.
  • 10:01
    The bomb-hit trolley bus was en route to the hospital where casualties were rushed to yesterday following the suicide bombing at the Volgograd train station.
  • 10:01

    More than 450 people are working at the blast site.

  • 10:00
    Criminal case launched in relation to Volgograd explosion under two criminal code articles - act of terrorism and illegal turnover of explosives - Markin
  • 09:53

    Year old child died in trolleybus blast in Volgograd - Crisis center

  • 09:53
    The death toll from the blast has risen to 15 people, with a further 23 receiving injuries, the Volgograd Region's vice-governor Vasiliy Galushin told Interfax. "The emergency services have reacted very swiftly. All those injured have been taken to hospitals, as their identities are being determined," he said.
  • 09:52
    Law enforces think Volgograd experienced another terror act resembling two previous ones - source
  • 09:44

    State TV footage showed the twisted, gutted remains of the blue-and-white trolleybus, its roof blown off and debris strewn around the street. Federal investigators said the blast was believed to have been a "terrorist act".

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  • 09:39

    A trolley bus blast has claimed 10 lives in Volgograd, just one day after 17 lives were lost in the city's railway station explosion in a suicide bombing.

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  • 09:39
    Reports stress that the explosion was of relatively low power. No more details have been shared on the trolleybus blast. Local police say it was apparently carried out by a suicide attacker, judging by the "characteristic body fragments found at the scene."
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