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 Identity of CIT van attacker established. He had no accomplices, shot himself when trapped, - Police

Officers of the Prymorskyi police precinct in Odesa are investigating the attack on the Raiffeisen Bank Aval CIT service van in Odesa. The proceedings were launched into an act constituting an offence recognized as premeditated murder and robbery.

Spokesperson of the National Police Directorate in the Odesa region Andrii Kostiuk told Ukrinform on Friday, Censor.NET reports.

"The proceedings were initiated into attack on CIT van committed outside Fokstrot store constituting an offence under Part 2 of the Article 115 (premeditated murder) and Part 4 of the Article 187 (robbery) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine," Kostiuk said.

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The investigators believe that "when the CIT van approached Fokstrot store, a 26-year-old collector, and a 23-year-old guard went to pick up the cash. A 47-year-old driver and one of the guards stayed in the van with its door being slightly open. At that moment a man wearing bullet-resistant vest approached the van, shot the driver dead, and attempted to gun down the guard to retrieve the money from the vehicle. However, the guard rushed out of the van and blocked the attacker inside it. The perpetrator shot himself dead as he felt trapped. The law enforcement officers have found his body inside the CIT van when they opened the door."

Kostyuk added that "the identity of the perpetrator has already been established: it was a 41-year-old resident of Odesa, who previously worked as a collector-driver in the same bank. First he shot the CIT van driver dead with a 12-bore shotgun, which he had a permit for and used for criminal purposes. After he found himself locked in the van, he shot himself dead with this rifle."

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As for the wounded collector, he is treated in the maxillofacial surgery of the 11th city hospital. The doctors assess his condition as moderately severe, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

 
 
 
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