Russia: Alleged neo-Nazi gunman attacks intelligence office

I CARE – – News – Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe – 21/4/2017- An 18-year-old man opened fire at a local office of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) on Friday, killing one FSB employee and a civilian in a far eastern Russian city, authorities said. Authorities said the attacker began shooting as soon as he entered the reception area of the agency’s office in Khabarovsk. One other visitor was also wounded in the attack. The assailant was subsequently shot dead, according to the FSB, the domestic intelligence agency that is the main successor of the Soviet KGB. The suspect is also believed to have shot and killed a shooting instructor to steal two handguns and a carbine, the intelligence agency said later on Friday. Both the visitor who was killed and the one who was injured were from former Soviet states outside Russia, the FSB added.

The Site Intelligence Group, a US-based monitoring service, said that the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (IS) group claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq news agency. The claim of responsibility contradicted earlier reports from Russian news agency TASS and the FSB which said that the assailant was a local resident and had been active in the neo-Nazi scene. “There is information about his belonging to a neo-Nazi group,” the FSB said in an earlier statement, without providing further details.

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