An officer in Russia's FSB safety service was killed and 5 individuals had been wounded Thursday when a gunman opened hearth close to its central Moscow headquarters. And though the motives behind the attack are not yet known, the timing is worth noting.
Russia's domestic security service said it was working to establish the gunman's identity, Interfax reported.
Russia's health ministry spokesperson said two FSB officers "sustained very serious wounds".
The shootout took place near the Federal Security Service's headquarters in the centre of the Russian capital, with conflicting reports regarding the number of casualties.
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"Russia is not really keen to even acknowledge that there are terrorist attacks in Russian Federation, particularly in the capital", Polonskaya said. "The criminal has been neutralized", or killed, the FSB told reporters.
Russian Federation has not said the shooting was terror-related and has opened a probe only into attacks on law enforcement officials.
On the Kremlin, a few kilometres away, President Vladimir Putin was at a gala night honouring the FSB. His neighbours, who described Manyurov as a quiet gun enthusiast, told Reuters on Friday that the FSB had raided the family home in the early hours of Friday morning.
Russian Federation has in the previous few years been hit by a spate of assaults blamed on Islamist militants, typically hailing from the restive Northern Caucasus area.
As a result, "one FSB officer died, another five people, including one civilian, were injured to various degrees of severity".