A Russian soldier has shot eight servicemen dead at a military base in the town of Gorny near the city of Chita,less than 24 hours after the country hosted the Russia-Africa summit and economic forum in Sochi.
Two soldiers were also injured when the serviceman opened fire on colleagues during a changing of the guard Friday evening, the country’s defense ministry has said.
“According to the preliminary data from the scene of the incident, the soldier could have acted due to a nervous breakdown caused by personal circumstances unrelated to his military service,” the ministry said in the statement. It didn’t not cite a source for this mental health claim.
The last incident of a Russian soldier killing his colleagues took place in September 2017 when Corporal Hasan Abdulakhadov shot an officer and two others at a training ground in the Amur Region.
He was later killed by police forces.