Gunman opens fire at Russian intelligence agency FSB, killing 2
PUBLISHED Fri, April 21, 2017 - 6:21am EDT
Scene near the shooting (Credit: KHV News)
A gunman has opened fire inside an office of the Russian intelligence agency FSB in Russia's Far East, killing two people and injuring another. The suspect, who is also believed to have killed a third person, was shot dead by security.
The incident happened at about 5:02 p.m. local time on Friday when a man entered the reception area of an office of the Federal Security Service (FSB) in Khabarovsk, a city in southeastern Russia near the border with China.
A statement from the intelligence agency said the gunman did not cross the security checkpoint but instead opened fire at people who were seated in a waiting room. An FSB officer and a visitor were killed while a second visitor was injured.
The gunman was killed when security guards returned fire.
The Islamic State group (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Russia's Investigative Committee said it had no evidence to support the claim. Instead, the agency said, 18-year-old A.V. Konev is believed to have held neo-Nazi views and had expressed a hatred against foreigners.
The FSB said the two visitors who were shot were nationals of a former Soviet republic, though it provided no further details about the victims or what may have motivated Konev to target the office of the Federal Security Service.
Prior to the shooting, Konev is accused of having stolen two pistols and a carbine from a local shooting club, where an instructor was shot and killed. "All necessary operational and investigate measures are being carried out at the scene," the FSB said in the statement.