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Soldier Opens Fire, Kills Five Guards At Ukraine Military Plant

A Ukrainian National Guard soldier opened fire on security guards at a military factory in central Ukraine for reasons unknown, killing five people and wounding five others before fleeing.

The incident took place in the early hours of Thursday in Dnipro at the Pivdenmash missile factory (Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant Yuzhmash) as weapons were being issued to the guards at the start of a shift, a police statement said.

The attacker opened fire with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and afterwards fled the scene, the interior ministry said, adding: “As a result, five people died and another five were injured.”

Police are searching for the escaped soldier. According to police, he has 200 cartridges of ammunition in his possession.

The incident occurred at 3:40am (01:40 GMT) when the shooter was being issued a weapon at the beginning of his shift, the ministry said.

“The motives for the crime are not yet known,” it said, adding that a National Guard commander, Nikolai Balan, had been dispatched to the scene.


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