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11 killed in shooting at volunteer training ground in Russia

At least 11 people were killed and 15 wounded today at a Russian military training ground after two gunmen opened fire on a group of volunteers preparing to fight in Ukraine, Reuters reported, citing RIA Novosti.

The Russian news agency cited a statement from the Ministry of Defense in Moscow as saying that the two attackers had been killed after the attack in southwestern Russia’s Belgorod region near the border with Ukraine. The agency added that the attackers came from a former Soviet republic, but gave no further details.

“During training shootings with persons who expressed a voluntary desire to participate in the special military operation [срещу Украйна]the terrorists opened fire with light weapons against the personnel of the unit,” the ministry announced, quoted by BTA.

“As a result of the shooting, 11 people were fatally wounded. Another 15 people with injuries of varying severity were taken to a medical facility,” the announcement added.

RIA did not specify where the attack took place. Authorities in Belgorod often accuse Ukraine of attacking power lines and fuel and weapons depots in the city. Kyiv did not claim responsibility for the attacks, Reuters recalled.

The Associated Press added that the two attackers were part of a group of volunteers during fire training.

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