‘Don’t Take Any Prisoners’: Putin Orders Terror Crackdown After St. Petersburg Attack

Published December 28th, 2017 - 02:15 GMT
A police officer cordons off the site of a blast in a supermarket in Saint Petersburg on Dec. 27, 2017. 
(Olga MALTSEVA / AFP)
A police officer cordons off the site of a blast in a supermarket in Saint Petersburg on Dec. 27, 2017. (Olga MALTSEVA / AFP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday instructed security forces to kill all terrorists who threaten security officers' lives -- in response to a bombing at a St. Petersburg market.

The orders come a day after the blast injured at least 10 people.

"Don't take any prisoners, liquidate the bandits on the spot," Putin said during remarks at a televised ceremony with veterans of Russia's military campaign in Syria.

Putin called the bombing an act of terrorism.

 

 

The explosive device contained a force equivalent to 200 grams of TNT. The suspect was seen on security camera footage leaving a backpack that detonated later inside a locker room at the store.

Earlier this month, Putin called U.S. President Donald Trump to thank him for CIA information that helped prevent a terrorist attack in St. Petersburg. Putin told Trump the information helped lead to the arrest of terrorists that had planned the attack.

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