Mayor Eric Garcetti. Photo
Mayor Eric Garcetti. Photo

Mayor Eric Garcetti Monday decried a deadly explosion on a subway in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, one of L.A.’s sister cities, and offered authorities there “whatever assistance we can provide.”

“My heart is with the people of St. Petersburg, who are coping with tremendous loss and sorrow after today’s deadly explosions,” Garcetti, who is in Denmark for an Olympics-related conference until Wedprayers, nesday, said in a statement. “I hope that the source of this unthinkable tragedy is discovered quickly, so that their minds can be eased and normalcy restored.

On behalf of all Angelenos, I send prayers for peace and offer whatever assistance we can provide to Gov. (Georgi S.) Poltavchenko and everyone in our beautiful sister city on the Baltic Sea.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who happened to be in St. Petersburg Monday, said the incident pointed to terrorism. At least eight people were killed, and dozens were injured. Reports from the scene described a type of improvised explosive device filled with shrapnel.

—City News Service

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