ISIS claims attack on traffic police officers near Moscow

By Adam Taylor

 Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Pool photo by Alexei Druzhinin via Kremlin/Sputnik/European Press photo Agency)
Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Pool photo by Alexei Druzhinin via Kremlin/Sputnik/European Press photo Agency)

The Islamic State militant group has asserted responsibility for an attack on Russian traffic police that occurred near Moscow.

According to reports in the Russian media, the attack occurred Wednesday after two men were stopped at a traffic police station on Schyolkovskoye highway to the northeast of Moscow. Tass news agency reports that the two then attacked officers with guns and axes.

Both the attackers were shot, Tass reports. One died instantly, while the other later succumbed to his injuries. Two officers involved in the incident were injured, one seriously.

Police were investigating various motives for the attack, including a personal disagreement or an attempt to steal weapons. However, the Amaq news agency, which is linked to the Islamic State, released a statement Thursday claiming that the two men were “fighters from the Islamic State.” READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

SOURCES: NewsNow/ The Washington Post

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