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Three shooters wanted for gunning down Astrakhan traffic cops neutralized — ministry

April 06, 8:26 UTC+3

Criminals who shot and killed policemen in Russia’s southern city of Astrakhan on April 4 and attacked Russian Guard officers early on April 6 have been killed

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MOSCOW, April 6. /TASS/.Police and the Russian National Guard joined forces to eliminate three shooters wanted for murdering traffic policemen in Russia’s southern city of Astrakhan, the ministry’s spokeswoman, Irina Volk, informed TASS on Thursday.

"On the morning of April 6, during the investigative operation to search and detain the individuals who attacked Russian National Guard members and killed traffic police officers on April 4, the police, in collaboration with National Guard units and Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) found and eliminated three suspects," she said.

The Russian National Guard and the Investigative Committee earlier said four individuals suspected of attacking policemen had been killed.

According to the press service, the National Guard officers came under gunfire in the small hours of Thursday morning when they tried to pull over a car to conduct a routine road check. One of the attackers was killed in the shootout. Three officers were wounded and hospitalized.

According to earlier reports, on April 4, unidentified armed men attacked two traffic police officers who arrived at the scene of a road accident in Astrakhan. They fired several shots at the policemen who died instantly. The four men suspected of this attack have been put on nationwide and international wanted lists. The Russian interior ministry has announced a reward of one million rubles (17,715 U.S. dollars) for any information leading to the capture of the suspects.

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