Three dead in shooting at Russian military base: agencies

Three dead in shooting at Russian military base: agencies
A visitor shoots from AK-202 automatic rifle in the Kalashnikov shooting centre prior the International Military-Technical Forum Army-2020 in the military Patriot Park outside Moscow on August 21, 2020. (File/AFP)
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Updated 09 November 2020

Three dead in shooting at Russian military base: agencies

Three dead in shooting at Russian military base: agencies
  • The statement said the attack began in the early hours of Monday
  • An unnamed Interfax source said the shooting was sparked when an altercation broke out between the soldier and an officer during an inspection

MOSCOW: A Russian serviceman killed three colleagues in a shooting Monday on a base near the southern city of Voronezh, news agencies reported citing the military.
“Three servicemen sustained lethal injuries as a result of the attack,” Russia’s Western Military District said in a statement carried by Interfax.
“The command of the military unit, acting together with law enforcement agencies, is working to track down and detain the assailant,” it added.
The statement said the attack began in the early hours of Monday.
An unnamed Interfax source said the shooting was sparked when an altercation broke out between the soldier and an officer during an inspection.
The soldier “grabbed a handgun” from the officer’s holster and fired, the source said, with three colleagues reported dead.
Authorities on the military base were negotiating with the suspect who had locked himself in a building, Interfax reported.
Shootings at military facilities in Russia are not uncommon and rights groups have sounded the alarm over brutal hazing rituals that were routine in the 1990s but have improved in recent years.
In October last year, a Russian soldier opened fire on troops at a military base in Siberia, killing eight and injuring two in an attack he blamed on hazing that made his life “hell.”
Military service is compulsory in Russia for men aged between 18 and 27, but many people use loopholes to evade conscription.


Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital
Updated 16 January 2021

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital
  • Two policemen were killed and one wounded
  • The two warring sides are currently in the Qatari capital Doha discussing the agenda items of the talks

KABUL: A roadside bomb targeting a police vehicle in the Afghan capital killed two policemen Saturday, officials said, as violence continues unabated in Afghanistan despite peace talks between the Taliban and government.
The vehicle carrying the policemen was struck by the bomb in the center of the capital on the road to the prestigious Kabul University, police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said.
Two policemen were killed and one wounded, Faramarz said.
Violence has surged across the country in recent months, especially in Kabul which is also rocked by a new trend of targeted killings that has sown fear in the city.
The bloodshed comes even as the Taliban and government negotiators engage in peace talks to end the nearly two decade war in the country.
The two warring sides are currently in the Qatari capital Doha discussing the agenda items of the talks.