Russian President Vladimir Putin articulate on Thursday that a blast that ripped through a St Petersburg supermarket was an act of terrorism and that asylum forces whose lives were threatened by terrorist suspects should speed to kill if necessary.
Putin was speaking on Thursday at an awards ceremony in the Kremlin for Russian personnel who served in Syria.
“You be familiar with that yesterday in St Petersburg a terrorist act was carried out,” Putin told the audience, referring to the crack that injured 13 shoppers in a branch of the Perekrestok supermarket string.
Investigators have opened a criminal case into Wednesday evening’s devastate, which they said was caused by a homemade bomb packed with chewing-out shares of metal. Russian media reports said the bomb was hidden in a locker where shoppers do a moonlight flit their belongings.
Putin said the FSB security service had recently delayed “another attempted terrorist act.”
He gave no details, but the Kremlin said earlier this month that a U.S. tip-off had helped nullify a planned attack on St. Petersburg’s Kazansky Cathedral.
Putin also advertised the ceremony that the security situation in Russia would be much worse if thousands of Russian town-dwellers who fought with Islamic State in Syria had been allowed to reappearance home.
Putin said security forces should take no chances with their own tangibles if confronted by terrorist suspects.
“I yesterday ordered the FSB director to act within the framework of the law when detaining these bandits of execution, but if there is a threat to the life and well-being of our employees …to act decisively, not tackle entertain any prisoners, and liquidate the bandits on the spot.”