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By Russ Read
The Islamic State took credit for an attack on a Russian intelligence agency headquarters Friday, which left three dead.
ISIS took credit for the attack via its Amaq new agency, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. The attack targeted an FSB headquarters in Khabarovsk, a city in Russia’s far eastern region. Russian FSB officials claimed that A.V. Konev, an 18-year-old local resident, entered the lobby of the FSB headquarters and immediately began firing on those inside until he was shot dead.
An FSB employee and a “visitor” were killed, the identity of the third victim is thus far unknown. The FSB initially claimed Konev was the member of a neo-Nazi group, with ISIS claiming the attack some hours later.
“There is information about his belonging to a neo-Nazi group,” said the FSB in a statement, although the agency did not provide further details.
Russian authorities responded to the attack by locking down the building and the immediate surrounding area with police cordons and special forces on standby.
The attack is unusual, considering most jihadist attacks on Russian security personnel occur in the country’s North Caucasus.
The shooting is the second ISIS-claimed terrorist attack in Russia in two weeks, according to SITE’s director, Rita Katz. The claim comes less than 24 hours after ISIS took credit for the shooting of French police officers in Paris.
This post will be updated as further information becomes available.