Three Rus­sians die in es­cape at­tempt

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

MOSCOW — In an at­tempt to es­cape, five de­fen­dants ac­cused of mul­ti­ple mur­ders wrested weapons from their es­corts Tues­day at a Moscow court­house, spark­ing a shootout with other guards in the build­ing’s cor­ri­dors, of­fi­cials said.

Three of the as­sailants were killed and the two oth­ers were wounded and re­cap­tured, of­fi­cials said.

Rus­sia’s In­ves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee said the at­tempted get­away be­gan while the five hand­cuffed men were being es­corted by two guards — one male, one fe­male — in an el­e­va­tor at the Moscow Re­gional Court.

The de­fen­dants at­tacked the es­corts and disarmed them, but one of the guards man­aged to push an alarm but­ton.

The court’s spokesman, Natalya Osipova, said the as­sailants took the two guards hostage but were quickly en­gaged by the court­house’s se­cu­rity. She said the other four de­fen­dants fac­ing charges in the same crim­i­nal case were in a sep­a­rate room when the shootout hap­pened.

A guard wounded in the gun­bat­tle was rushed to a hos­pi­tal, as were the two guards at­tacked in the el­e­va­tor, the com­mit­tee said.

The de­fen­dants, all from for­mer Soviet ter­ri­tory in cen­tral Asia, were ac­cused of killing 17 mo­torists near Moscow in a se­ries of at­tacks in 2012-14.

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