According to TASS, citing the Russian Defense Ministry, the attack took place on Saturday during a training session at the Western Military District. The gunmen were said to be from former Soviet states. Russian officials called the attack an act of terrorism.
“As a result of a terrorist attack on a military training ground in the Belgorod region, 11 people were killed, 15 were injured and are receiving medical aid,” TASS reported.
“The incident took place during a shooting training session with volunteers preparing for a special operation. The terrorists attacked the personnel of the unit with small arms.
According to TASS, two individuals who committed “terrorist acts” were killed in retaliatory fire at the training ground.
According to a statement released on Sunday, the Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal investigation into the incident.
“The Main Military Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case on the facts of criminal acts in the Belgorod region,” the statement said.
Belgorod region is located in western Russia on the border with Ukraine.
The governor of the city of Belgorod later said that no civilians were killed in the attack.
“Yesterday, something terrible happened on our territory on the basis of a military unit. A terrorist act was committed. Many soldiers were killed and wounded,” Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on his Telegram channel.
“Among the wounded and dead are not residents of the Belgorod region,” the governor added.
Gladkov expressed his condolences to the families of the victims, adding that all those injured were “being taken care of.”