Russian military recruits killed 11 and injured 15 in Oka attack

Gunmen kill 11, wound 15 in attack on Russian military recruits in the eastern city of Oka

Two men in civilian clothes are believed to have opened fire on two Russian military recruits in Oka, in eastern Russia, killing 11 and wounding 15 others on Monday. In addition to the victims, one person remains in a serious condition with “non-life threatening injuries”. According to initial reports, the men were unarmed and the motive for the attack remains unknown.

Oka police say the two attackers, who are both believed to be Russian nationals, managed to enter the recruitment centre at around 3am on Monday, where they killed 11 people and wounded more than 15 of their countrymen. The men then reportedly left the building, where they are said to have set-fire to the registration room and then fled.

In a tweet, Russian Interior Ministry spokeswoman Maria Andreyko said the attack was the result of “active information from the Russian Security Service (FSB) about a Russian military recruitment centre”. She also said that the FSK had informed Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) of “a possible threat to Russian citizens” and had requested the protection of Russia’s border police.

In response to Russia’s decision to open its borders in a bid to defeat a migrant crisis, Interior Ministry spokeswoman said earlier: “Our border services have received information about a possible threat to Russian citizens, from a group of men, who tried to enter Russia from the neighbouring country. They entered the Russian Federation through the border between the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan.

“There are no grounds for concern in the case of the 11 people who have been killed and over 15 injured in this incident,” she added.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it was in contact with Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry about the situation.

“We call on the authorities of both countries to take the necessary measures to protect Russian citizens,” it added.

It said Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Arman Shalybaev also spoke with Russian representatives.

A witness, who asked not to be named, told Russian news agencies that the attack happened when an armed man dressed in

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