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Criminal case opened over attack on Petersburg police

October 23, 2012, 16:09 UTC+3

A police officer had exchanged fire with a criminal who had taken a hostage

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ST PETERSBURG, October 23 (Itar-Tass) — Criminal proceedings have been opened over armed attack on Petersburg police during a hostage-freeing operation.

The criminal case was opened under Article 318, Part 2 of the penal code /"using violence on government representative,"/ the SK said.

A police officer had exchanged fire with a criminal who had taken a hostage; the criminal died of his wounds. The police officer, 29, was wounded in the stomach. He was rushed to hospital; his condition is satisfactory at present.

"A 31-year-old resident of St Petersburg called police at 00:40, Moscow time and said a man had forced her into an apartment, raped her, and would not let her out. "The police asked neighbors to help them get the criminal through their apartment, but they did not open their doors. Personnel of the Emergency Situations Ministry were called to the scene," a police official said.

When the rescuers broke through the door, an unidentified person rushed into the stairwell, and shot several times at police, wounding one detective in the stomach.

The wounded police officer managed to fire three shots and neutralized the attacker.

"The gunman was identified as Rasulov, b.1977. His brother, Akif Rasulov, 32 was in the apartment together with the hostage," the police official said adding that the woman had been set free.

Police said the Rasulov brothers were both directors of restaurants. The detectives found possible evidence of sex crime against the woman, and some vegetable material which they suspect is a drug.


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