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11 killed in Russian military base

International Desk: At least 11 soldiers were killed and another 15 people were wounded while gunman shot at a Russian military training ground on Saturday, reports BBC.

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There was a firearms training session, two men opened fire on trainee soldiers who had volunteered to fight in Ukraine, Ria reported.

The Russian defence ministry said the attackers were from a former Soviet republic, but did not give further details.

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State-owned news agency Ria cited a defence ministry statement as saying, "During a firearms training session with individuals who voluntarily expressed a desire to participate in the special military operation [against Ukraine], the terrorists opened fire with small arms on the personnel of the unit,"

"As a result of the shooting, 11 people were fatally wounded. Another 15 people with wounds of varying severity were taken to a medical facility," it said.

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Last month Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a mobilisation of 300,000 Russians who had previously done compulsory military service.

The order sparked protests across Russia, and a surge of people attempting to leave the country.

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Soon after the mobilisation was announced, a military recruiter was shot at an enlistment office in Siberia.

Last week, Putin announced more than 200,000 people had already been mobilised, and he saw no need for additional mobilisation.

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