A two-hour operation in Moscow was undertaken today after a crazed armed man set fire to his neighbors house and began to attack the general population, armed with a rifle and several hand grenades. Five were killed and 10 were injured in the attack.
The 50-year-old man named as Igor Zenkov was able to wound four military personnel as he holed himself up in his woodland hometown, after burning down the neighbor’s house. Police counted at least a dozen explosions from hand grenades, while they attempted to extract Zenkov.
After about two hours, the Russian authorities announced that the threat was “liquidated”.
The Daily Mail reports:
Two bodies of his victims were shown in TV pictures on a road in the village in Moscow region.
As law enforcement agents hunted down Zenkov, they announced that ‘a special operation is underway to neutralise the shooter.’
Zenkov’s flat was stormed but he had already escaped.
Neighbours said he worked for the Russian emergencies ministry and had access to a huge supply of arms even though they described him as ‘mentally unstable’.
Police were unable to initially retrieve the bodies of the dead because officers were coming under sustained fire from the gunman, according to Russian reports.
‘He behaved so strange lately, as if he was preparing for something,’ said an unnamed neighbour.
‘There were evenings when he barked from his balcony.’
A Russian official said: ‘The death toll thus has climbed to five.’
A member of the Russian national guard was hit when the man threw explosives as he left the flat he shared with his mother until her death two months ago, and made for adjacent woodland.
Scared villager Marina Sobe-Panek wrote on social media: ‘The gunman has escaped into woods.
‘One of the fighters was injured.
‘Four people were killed and at least three injured.’