Two gunmen opened fire on Russian military recruits at a training camp in Russia’s Belgorod region, killing at least 11 people and wounding 15 others, the Russian state news agency TASS reports.
The attack took place on Saturday during a training session in the Western Military District, according to TASS, which cited the Russian Defense Ministry. The gunmen were said to be from the former Soviet states. Russian authorities have called the attack an act of terrorism.
“As a result of a terrorist attack on a military training camp in the Belgorod region, 11 people were killed, 15 were injured and are receiving medical assistance,” TASS reported.
“The incident occurred during a shooting training session with volunteers preparing for a special operation. The terrorists attacked unit personnel with small arms fire.”
According to TASS, two people who committed the “terrorist act” were killed in retaliation against the training camp.
The Belgorod region is located in western Russia on the border with Ukraine.
The governor of the city of Belgorod later said that no civilians had been killed in the attack.
“Yesterday something terrible happened in our territory, on the grounds of a military unit. A terrorist act was committed. Many military personnel were killed and wounded,” Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on his Telegram channel.
“There are no residents of the Belgorod region among the injured and dead,” the governor added.
Gladkov also offered his condolences to the families of the victims, adding that all the injured are “receiving care.”
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