September 22, 2020

Deadly Shooting at Russia Security Service Headquarters

By Ilya Arkhipov

Special forces officers stand outside Russia’s Federal Security Service in Moscow on Dec. 19. 
Special forces officers stand outside Russia’s Federal Security Service in Moscow on Dec. 19.  Source: AFP via Getty Images

A shootout occurred in central Moscow at the Lubyanka headquarters of Russia’s Federal Security Service as President Vladimir Putin was scheduled to attend a Kremlin concert less than a mile away to commemorate their work.

The FSB, as the intelligence service is known, said one of its officers was killed in the attack on Thursday by a lone gunman who failed to get into the building, the Interfax news service reported. A gunman was “neutralized,” and there are people wounded, according to Interfax, citing the FSB.

Three security guards were killed and three others were wounded, according to the Izvestia news website, citing a source it didn’t identify. The gunman used a Kalashnikov assault weapon, RBC media reported, citing an unidentified person.

Moscow Shooting
A woman and a police officer kneel outside the headquarters of the Russian Federal Security Service on Dec. 19.Photographer: Maxim Grigoryev/TASS via Getty Images

Putin has been informed of the incident, Interfax reported, citing Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Public access to roads around the security service’s building has been sealed off, the transport center of Moscow city government said on Twitter.

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from: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-12-19/three-killed-in-attack-on-russia-security-service-izvestia-says

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