Russian soldier kills 8 colleagues in mass shooting at Siberian military base

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Eight Russian service members were killed in a shooting at a military base in Siberia on Friday, Russia’s top law enforcement agency said in a statement.According to the statement from the Investigative Committee, a soldier allegedly opened fire on colleagues at a military garrison near the city of Chita, killing two officers and six enlisted personnel. The suspect in the case, Private Ramil Shamsutdinov, a member of Unit 54160, has been detained, the Investigative Committee said.According to the Russian defense ministry, the shooting occurred at around 6:20 p.m. during a change in a guard shift. Eight servicemembers were killed and two additional military personnel were injured and taken to a hospital; their condition is not life-threatening, the ministry said.

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A commission of the Russian defense ministry, headed by Deputy Minister of Defense Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov, flew to the scene of the incident, and an investigation is underway.The Investigative Committee said a criminal investigation had been opened in the case under Article 105 of the Criminal Code: the killing of two or more persons.A system of pervasive hazing was once common in the Russian and Soviet militaries, and bullied soldiers sometimes turned their weapons on colleagues. Such cases are relatively rare today.

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