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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gunman Kills 2 in Bank Raid

Two people have been killed during an assault at a cooperative hard-currency exchange office on Lubyanka Square, only 200 meters from the headquarters of the Security Ministry, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday.

Vladimir Vershkov, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said an unidentified man burst into the hard currency exchange office last Friday and started firing a pistol, killing a guard and a worker in the office. He said police had not arrested anyone yet.

The sales manager of the Lubyanka office, who only identified himself as Vasily, said: "The office was full of people. They became panic-stricken and the robber managed to disappear, but without any money".

Vershkov said most hard-currency exchanges lack adequate security. "The main problem is that businessmen keep big sums of money at the offices which are not well protected", he said.