Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Doll-Maker Who Shielded Daughter among 14 Dead in Metro Bombing; Victims Tell of Horror after Device Packed with Shrapnel Exploded

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Doll-Maker Who Shielded Daughter among 14 Dead in Metro Bombing; Victims Tell of Horror after Device Packed with Shrapnel Exploded

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Byline: Will Stewart in Moscow and Benedict Moore-Bridger

A MOTHER who died shielding her daughter was among 14 victims killed in the St Petersburg metro bombing.

Renowned doll-maker Irina Medyantseva, 50, died in the blast as she threw herself over her daughter, Yelena, according to reports. Yelena, 29, had surgery last night and is now in intensive care.

At least 49 others were wounded when a bomb packed with shrapnel exploded in a train carriage yesterday in Russia's second city. The suspected suicide attack happened just a few miles from where president Vladimir Putin was holding a summit with Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko.

One passenger, Maxim Arishev, 22, from Kazakhstan, was decapitated by the explosion -- as shown in gruesome pictures from the scene. Arishev was a regular visitor to St Petersburg.

Dilbara Alieva, 20, from Azerbaijan, died from injuries in hospital.

Others killed in the horror were identified as Yury Nalimov, 71, and Kseniya Milyukova, 18.

Alexandra Zyablitskaya, 15, from Barnaul in Siberia was wounded. She was in the city on a sightseeing tour with her grandmother.

The blast occurred at about 2.30pm local time, after the train had left Sennaya Ploshchad station in the centre of St Petersburg. It was reported a man left a briefcase on the train before moving carriages moments before the explosion.

The driver made the decision to continue to the next station, Tekhnologicheskii Institut, in order to make evacuation easier.

A video appeared online today showing the blast and passengers jumping out of the windows of the train after the explosion.

A girl can be heard screaming "mama" and people can be seen lying on the platform covered in blood.

Russia's health minister Veronika Skvortsova said today 11 people died at the scene, one in an ambulance and two in hospital. Forty-nine people are still in hospital.

Psychologist Nadezhda Sosedova, 53, narrowly escaped death as she dozed in the bomb-hit metro carriage.

She said: "It happened so suddenly.

I was sitting and snoozing. Suddenly something hit me on the head, there was a fire, my hair was burning, I managed to put it out.

"When we arrived at Tekhnologicheskii Institut station the doors were so crumpled that it was impossible to get out.

"Some young men pushed out the window and dragged me out. I was helping other passengers.

"I was talking to injured people, I am a psychologist, I was helping them to get to an ambulance.

"There were many confused people, all were scared, those who were closer to the epicentre of the explosion were all covered in the blood of dead people. I was just the lucky one."

Hours after the blast, Russia's antiterror agency said a second bomb had been found and defused at another station, Ploshchad Vosstaniya. …

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