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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Two Deserters Die

VLADIVOSTOK, Far East -- A manhunt in Russia's Far East ended in death for two men who deserted from a border post on the Chinese frontier, news reports said Thursday.


The two were among four border guards who deserted from the Shirokaya border post some 6,500 kilometers east of Moscow on Tuesday night, Itar-Tass and Interfax said.


The guards -- one sergeant and three privates -- attacked a duty officer, seized four assault rifles, fired on an officer, commandeered a truck and fled.


Itar-Tass said police and security forces cornered the deserters near the town of Khorol, north of Vladivostok. One died in a shootout with security forces and another killed himself, it said. The two others surrendered.