Man in camo opens fire at policemen in Russia’s Novoshakhtinsk. One policeman is injured, the search for attacker is ongoing

In Russia’s city of Novoshakhtinsk, Rostov region, a man in camouflage has opened fire at policemen; one of them is injured, while the search for the attacker is ongoing, Russia’s state news agency TASS reports, citing the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The attacker, who could be a deserter, began shooting when he saw the policemen, Telegram channel Baza claims. The injured policeman has been hospitalised.

According to the Telegram channel, the Sirena plan has been introduced in the city: law enforcement agents are searching for a 5’ 11’’-6’ 3’’ man wearing camouflage and armed with a machine gun.

Baza also reports that kindergartens have been closed in the city. The exit from the city has been blocked. The city residents are being asked to stay inside and pay attention to their surroundings.

According to residents of Novoshakhtinsk, quoted by local media outlet 161.RU, the shots were heard in the district of Novaya Sokolovka. Traffic jams have formed on the roads following the closings, some cars are using the opposite lane, the outlet reports.

On 15 October, Russia’s Defence Ministry reported that “two nationals of a CIS [Commonwealth of Independent States] country” had opened fire at a training ground in Russia’s Belgorod region. Eleven people were killed, 15 were injured. The ministry referred to the incident as a terrorist attack and reported to have eliminated the attackers by return fire.

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