İrem UZUN -TDO- At least three people were killed by gunfire in Russia Thursday in an attack near the building of the Federal Security Service in central Moscow, local media reported. The shooting came hours after President Putin's annual press conference.
According to Russian media reports, a group of three gunmen entered the lobby of the Lubyanka building, home to the FSB and its communist-era predecessor the KGB, shortly after 6pm local time. The victims were described as federal security guards. Two of the gunmen were killed, but one assailant reportedly fled and barricaded himself in a neighboring building. The security services then shot him dead. They were seeking to establish his identity, the news service Interfax reported.
It is unclear what the attackers’ motive might have been. The shootings took place on the same day as the annual press conference by Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, screened live across the country. Putin was FSB chief before becoming prime minister and then president. It is Russia’s most powerful domestic spy agency. It has previously been the target of attacks, including a suicide bombing by Islamist terrorists at the nearby metro station.