Serviceman Kills Eight Fellow Soldiers, Injures Two at Military Base in Russia's Far East

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According to the Russian Defence Ministry, the shooter could have opened fire due to a nervous breakdown arising from personal problems unrelated to his service.

Eight people died, and two sustained injuries as a soldier opened fire at his fellow servicemen at a military base in the Zabaykalsky Territory in Russia's Far East, the Russian Defence Ministry reported.

“On 25 October, at about 6:20 p.m. local time, when the guard changed, a serviceman on a repair and technical base in the Zabaykalsky Territory opened fire on his fellow soldiers using service firearms. As a result, eight servicemen were killed instantly while two others received wounds of varying severity,” it said.

The ministry added that the shooter was detained. The wounded have been taken to hospital, it added. According to the Investigative Committee, the injured soldiers are currently in serious condition.

Ministry of Defence investigators headed by Deputy Defence Minister General Colonel Andrey Kartapolov are already on their way to the scene. 

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