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7 killed, 4 wounded in Dagestan military unit shootout

August 29, 2012, 11:04 UTC+3

The attacker was identified as contract service Sergeant Ramazan Aliyev

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BARNAUL, August 29 (Itar-Tass) — Seven servicemen have been killed and another four have been wounded in a shootout at the military unit in the village of Belidzhi in Dagestan's Derbent district. The military unit accommodates a joint brigade of special task force police from the Altai Territory. Among the fatalities are five Altai servicemen.

Earlier reports said the casualties were seven fatalities. "A contract serviceman, aged 31, opened fire with his service assault rifle at the interior troops guarding the barracks whereupon he entered the barracks and started indiscriminate shooting inside," a police officer told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

Seven persons were killed outright. The attacker was killed in return fire. Three of the injured servicemen are Altai police.

According to preliminary information, the attacker was identified as contract service Sergeant Ramazan Aliyev, a native of Dagestan.

Criminal proceedings were opened over assassination of law-enforcement officer /Article 317 of Russia's penal code/.

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