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Attack on firefighters in Russia's Dagestan leaves three people injured — ministry

December 16, 2015, 10:32 UTC+3 NALCHIK

Five firefighters responded to a report of a fire and went to the scene where gunfire was opened at them by unidentified persons

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NALCHIK, December 16. /TASS/. The attack on firefighters in the Derbent region of Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan has left three people injured, spokesman for the North Caucasus regional center of the Russian Emergencies Ministry Kantemir Davydov has told TASS. Earlier reports said that two people had been injured.

"According to updated reports, three firefighters were injured in an attack on the fire crew not far from Muzaim village. One of them sustained a light wound, the condition of two others is estimated as moderate," he said, adding that the fire crew comprised 5 people.

The incident occurred at 00:10 Moscow Time on Wednesday. The firefighters received a report of a fire, they went to the scene where gunfire was opened at them by unidentified persons.

According to the republican Interior Ministry, the firefighters went to put out the fire in the administration building in the village. "Interior Ministry and Investigative Committee officers are working at the scene, the issue of opening a criminal case is considered," the ministry added.

The health condition of the wounded firefighters is stable, their lives are not in danger, a source in the Central city hospital of Derbent said.

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