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BREAKING NEWS: At least four people are injured after a blast rips through a supermarket in St Petersburg

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Four people have been hospitalised after an explosion ripped through a supermarket in the Russian city of St Petersburg on Wednesday evening.

Nobody was killed in the explosion at Perekrestok market, but at least four people were hospitalised and there were unconfirmed reports of a further ten people being injured.

The cause of the blast was not immediately known, but Russian news agencies reported that investigators had opened a criminal case on the grounds of attempted murder.

Sources told local media that the explosion was the equivalent to 200g of TNT going off.

More than 50 people were evacuated from the supermarket following the blast.

There were thousands of people inside the shopping complex where the market is located. It was especially busy because of New Year celebrations.

The Perekrestok supermarket is located on the ground floor of the Gigant Hall leisure center, in the northeast part of St Petersburg.

‘There was a bang. Emergency personnel are already on the scene. The evacuation has been completed, and there was no fire,’ a local Emergencies Ministry official told news agency TASS.

Video footage from the scene showed ambulances and police vehicles outside the market.