Russian soldier shoots dead eight comrades at Siberian military base

Russian soldier shoots dead eight comrades at Siberian military base

Russian soldier shoots dead eight comrades

A Russian soldier has shot and killed eight colleagues and left two more wounded after a ‘nervous breakdown’ at a remote military base in Siberia.

The gunman, named locally as Ramil Shamsutdinov, 20, opened fire with his service weapon around 6.20 p.m. local time during a changing of the guard at a ‘technical and repair base’ in the Transbaikal region, the Ministry said. of Russian Defense.

Eight people died at the base, in the closed settlement of Gorny, while two others were taken to hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. The shooter was arrested The ministry added that the shooting is believed to be the result of “a nervous breakdown caused by personal circumstances unrelated to military service.” The soldier, a recruit, had been serving at the remote base for only four months before opening fire, local media reported. Witnesses said he first attacked the captain, aiming at the comrades’ bosses and finishing them off with ‘control shots’.

The dead includes one captain, one senior lieutenant and at least five privates, according to Russian reports.

After the shooting the solider ran into the nearby neighborhood, causing shops to close in panic and children were sent home from school.

He was detained in joint police and army operation and immediately claimed he ‘didn’t regret anything’.

It is believed the base houses the 3rd missile brigade of the 29th Combined Arms Army of the Eastern Military District, formed in December 2016.

A deputy defense minister was heading to the base to conduct an investigation.

Shootings and other violent incidents plagued the Russian military in the 1990s and early 2000s when it suffered from desperate cash shortages and low morale.

They have become relatively rare in recent years as conditions in the military have improved.