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Eiffel Tower lights out to honor victims of St. Petersburg metro attack

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The French capital of Paris joined the mourning over the victims of the recent metro attack in Russia’s second largest city St. Petersburg.

The lights of the Eiffel tower falls dark at midnight in Paris, France, Wednesday, April 5, 2017.  (AP Photo/Michel Euler / MANILA BULLETIN)

The lights of the Eiffel tower falls dark at midnight in Paris, France, Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
(AP Photo/Michel Euler / MANILA BULLETIN)

According to a TASS correspondent, at midnight (01:00 Moscow time), the lights of the Eiffel Tower, a famous Paris landmark, were switched off.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo earlier announced on Twitter that Eiffel Tower would go dark as a mark of respect to the victims of Monday’s explosion.

On the afternoon of April 3, a bomb exploded in a metro car between Tekhnologichesky Institut station and Sennaya Ploshchad stations in St. Petersburg.

Law enforcement sources say that the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

According to Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova, the blast killed 14 people while 49 of the injured remain hospitalized.

Normally, the lights of the Eiffel Tower go down at 01:00 but this time they were switched off one hour before the scheduled time.

This was the way Paris honored the victims of the January 29 shooting attack on a mosque in Canada’s Quebec that claimed the lives of six people while another 19 were left wounded.

After the 2015 Paris attacks and the 2016 Nice terrorist attack, the Eiffel Tower was lit up with the colors of the French flag. After the Munich shooting, that took place on July 22, 2016, the Tower was lit up with Germany’s colors.

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