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Kiev strengthens police patrols after masked attackers rampage

February 06, 2014, 15:54 UTC+3 KIEV
A group of masked people smashed up a computer club in a Kiev shopping mall on Thursday night
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KIEV, February 06. /ITAR-TASS/. A group of camouflaged people with truncheons and clubs hiding their identity behind masks smashed up a computer club in a Kiev shopping mall overnight on Thursday, the city police department's press service reported.

Two young men aged 23 and 26 in the club at the Metrograd shopping mall were attacked. They were taken to hospital. According to a medical worker at Kiev Clinic #7, they received injuries to the chest, head, forearm and a nasal fracture.

Two more incidents, when unidentified assailants attacked city restaurants, were reported overnight on Thursday. An Itar-Tass correspondent also witnessed aggressive behavior of young people wearing masks in Kiev’s metro. A group of youngsters armed with truncheons chanted Nazi slogans and smashed advertising panels and information displays.

Considering the worst-case scenario of escalation of violence in the capital, police in Kiev have been reinforced with additional 203 teams to patrol city streets.

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