Manhunt for cop-killers in Russia’s Astrakhan as 2 officers critical after 2nd attack in week

Two days after gunmen shot dead two policemen in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan, the group is believed to have launched a new attack, injuring three officers, two of them critically. One shooter was taken down and has reportedly been identified.

On April 4, at least four armed assailants in a vehicle shot and killed two police officers who arrived at the scene of a road traffic accident. The attack took place while police were writing up an on-the-spot accident report. One of the officers was reported to be a father of two.

The attacks come amid a heightened terror alert in Russia following the Monday bombing of the St. Petersburg Metro, in which 14 people were killed and some 50 hospitalized in a suspected terrorist attack.


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