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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

City Official Wounded in Car Explosion

ST. PETERSBURG - A St. Petersburg city official was seriously wounded Monday when an explosive attached to his car went off, police said.

Sergei Alyoshin, the deputy head of the Vasilyevsky Ostrov district in the northern port city, was driving away from his home when the blast occurred, said Igor Udimov, the deputy spokesman for the St. Petersburg office of the Interior Ministry.

Alyoshin's daughter was also in the car but that she escaped injury, Udimov said.

Police have opened an investigation into the explosion. Udimov did not say what motives were being considered, and investigators have not yet determined what kind of explosive was used.

Russia's second-largest city has seen many contract killings and attacks as organized crime has infiltrated local business and politics. The cases are rarely solved.