28 Dec 2017 10:27

X5 Retail Group tightening security after explosion at St. Petersburg Perekryostok supermarket

ST. PETERSBURG. Dec 28 (Interfax) - X5 Retail Group is tightening security in its food stores after the December 27 explosion at a Perekryostok supermarket in St. Petersburg, a company spokesman told Interfax on Thursday.

"A set of measures is being put into place in the stores in order to increase personnel's vigilance and tighten security," the spokesman said.

Besides customers, three cashiers and two other store employees found themselves in the direct proximity to the explosion scene. One cashier was hospitalized, and the rest chose not to go to hospital.

"The store collective has been shocked by the action perpetrated on the store's premises and deeply sympathizes with the injured. The company is interacting with the St. Petersburg administration and intends to give assistance and support to all victims," the company said.

An improvised bomb stuffed with pieces of metal was set off in the St. Petersburg supermarket on December 27. The bomb was equivalent to 200 grams of TNT.

The Russian Investigative Committee's St. Petersburg department opened a criminal case on the counts of attempting to murder two people or more.

The incident hurt 13 people.