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MOSCOW (Reuters)

A gunman opened a fire in a pastry-making factory in Moscow on Wednesday, killing one person and taking an unknown number as hostages, Russian state news agency RIA said, citing a law enforcement source

The “Menshevik” factory building, in south-east Moscow, has been cordoned off by the police, which is trying to make a contact with the gunman and free the hostages, RIA said.

 

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At least two people have been wounded in the shooting, another news agency, Interfax, said, adding that the preliminary reports suggest the victim worked as a security guard at the factory, which is located on Ilovaiskaya street.

Interfax cited a source as saying that the former factory owner has opened a gunfire.

 

(Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Katya Golubkova)

 

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A policeman stands guard after a gunman opened a fire in the pastry-making factory "Menshevik" in Moscow
A policeman stands guard after a gunman opened a fire in the pastry-making factory “Menshevik” in Moscow, Russia December 27, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

 

Policemen stand guard after a gunman opened a fire in the pastry-making factory "Menshevik" in Moscow
Policemen stand guard after a gunman opened a fire in the pastry-making factory “Menshevik” in Moscow, Russia December 27, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

 

A man shows an identity document to a policeman near the pastry-making factory "Menshevik" in Moscow
A man shows an identity document to a policeman near the pastry-making factory “Menshevik”, where a gunman earlier opened a fire, in Moscow, Russia December 27, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

 

Policemen stand guard after a gunman opened a fire in the pastry-making factory "Menshevik" in Moscow
Policemen stand guard after a gunman opened a fire in the pastry-making factory “Menshevik” in Moscow, Russia December 27, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

 

Members of law enforcement services gather after a gunman opened a fire in the pastry-making factory "Menshevik" in Moscow
Members of law enforcement services gather after a gunman opened a fire in the pastry-making factory “Menshevik” in Moscow, Russia December 27, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin