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Alleged Wagner mercenary opens fire at airport in Moldova

Chisinau airport
Chisinau International Airport in the Republic of Moldova. Credit: Moldova’s Ministry of Interior.
Alleged Wagner mercenary opens fire at airport in Moldova

A foreigner opened fire inside Chisinau International Airport, Moldova’s Ministry of Interior reported.

The man came to Moldova from Türkiye, according to Puls Media, Moldova’s news agency. After he was denied entry to Moldova, the man attacked an airport security employee, whom he disarmed and shot dead, Puls media reported.

Moldova’s police confirmed that two people died during gunfire at the country’s main international airport today. All flights were delayed and passengers evacuated until police neutralized the shooter, Moldova’s police spox Diana Fetko said.

The man who opened fire at the airport was allegedly disarmed and handcuffed by police, according to Puls Media.

“Our sources claim that the shooter is a Russian soldier, a mercenary of the Wagner Group, who allegedly participated in the war against Ukraine,” Puls Media reported.

Moldova’s authorities have yet to confirm or deny whether the shooter was a Russian citizen who had taken part in the war in Ukraine. The Moldovan Prosecutor’s Office opened a criminal case under Article 278, paragraph 4 of the Criminal Code (an act of terrorism that led to the death of several people).

UPD. The Prime Minister of Moldova claimed that the shooter was a citizen of Tajikistan, the former Soviet republic. Whether he participated in the war against Ukraine as a Wagner mercenary has not been confirmed yet.

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