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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

4 Traffic Police Slain

MOSCOW -- An unidentified assailant has gunned down four traffic police officers in southern Russia's Adygei republic, Itar-Tass said.

The attacker killed the officers with a pistol before stealing weapons from their post and fleeing in a police vehicle Friday.

The car was found abandoned in a nearby village. An eyewitness claimed to have seem the assailant after being stopped by police at the post to have his documents checked.

The Russian Interior Ministry, aided by the local prosecutor's office, Federal Security Service and regional police, have launched an investigation into the killings.