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

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."

Russia has faced several major terrorist threats recently, including a bombing in the St. Petersburg subway that killed 16 earlier this year, and a thwarted attack targeting a cathedral.