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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Border Guards Kill 2

YEREVAN, Armenia -- Two Russian border guards went AWOL from their unit in an Armenian town on Wednesday and opened fire on civilian residents, killing two and injuring seven, authorities said.

Passers-by in the city of Gyumri disarmed and beat the two conscripts, identified as Privates Alexander Kamnev and Denis Popov, who had to be hospitalized, the press service of Armenia's Ministry of Internal Affairs and National Security said.

It didn't specify how unarmed civilians managed to overpower the soldiers, who reportedly had two automatic rifles.

One of the shooting victims was killed on the spot, and the other died in a hospital, the ministry said.