At least 11 dead and 15 injured in attack on Russian military training ground

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Oct 15 (Reuters) – At least 11 people were killed and 15 others injured on Saturday at a Russian military training ground when two assailants opened fire on a group of volunteers who wanted to fight in Ukraine, the news agency said. RIA press.

The deadly incident is just the latest in a string of high-profile setbacks for Moscow forces since the February 24 invasion.

RIA, citing the Defense Ministry, said the two attackers were shot dead after the attack in the southwestern region of Belgorod, which borders Ukraine.

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“During a firearms training session with individuals who voluntarily expressed a desire to participate in the special military operation (against Ukraine), the terrorists opened fire with small arms on the unit personnel,” RIA said, citing a Defense Department statement.

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

Oleksiy Arestovych, adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said in a YouTube interview that the attackers were from the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan and opened fire on the others after a dispute over religion.

Tajikistan is a predominantly Muslim nation, while about half of Russians follow various branches of the Christian church. The Russian Defense Ministry said the attackers were from a country belonging to the Commonwealth of Independent States, which groups together nine former Soviet republics, including Tajikistan.

Reuters was unable to immediately confirm Arestovitch, a prominent war commentator who appears in the media almost daily.

RIA did not specify where the attack took place. Independent Russian news site Sota Vision said it happened in the small town of Soloti, near the Ukrainian border and about 105 km (65 miles) southeast of Belgorod.

Authorities in Belgorod itself have repeatedly accused Ukraine of attacking targets in the city, including power lines and fuel and ammunition stores.

Ukraine has not claimed responsibility.

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Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Sandra Maler

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