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Shooter down after firing at police near embassy in central Moscow

A man has opened fire at two police officers outside the Cambodian Embassy in central Moscow, injuring one of them, the police said. The shooter was critically injured by return fire, with doctors now fighting for his life.

“A man, who was walking along the Sivtsev Vrazhek Lane in Moscow has opened fire at the police officers with no apparent reason as they were passing by,” Yulia Ivanova, Russias Investigative Committee spokeswoman, told Interfax.

The officers employed firearms against the perpetrator and injured him, Ivanova said, adding that the man was disarmed and then delivered to a medical facility.

A criminal case on the endangerment of the life of a law enforcement officer has been launched, she added.

Moscow police said that the attack took place at around 20:00 local time and targeted the officers providing security to the diplomatic missions in the area.

The injured police officer received a non-life-threatening wound to the leg , RIA Novosti reported.

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