Putin tells security agents to 'take no prisoners' after St. Petersburg market attack

A Russian officer stands guard at the cite of a market blast in St. Petersburg.
(Image credit: OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the nation's Federal Security Service agents to "not take any prisoners" after a terrorist attack in a St. Petersburg market on Wednesday injured more than a dozen people, Reuters reports.

Speaking at a ceremony for Russians who served in Syria, Putin said Thursday: "I yesterday ordered the FSB director to act within the framework of the law when detaining these bandits of course, but if there is a threat to the life and well-being of our employees ... to act decisively, not take any prisoners, and liquidate the bandits on the spot."

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