Police car under gunfire in St. Petersburg, 2 officers reported killed
The third officer suffered from burns as the car caught fire, according to onlookers.
The whereabouts of the attackers remains unknown. A police manhunt is underway.
The motive for the attack has not been established, although one theory which surfaced in Russian media states that the police car had been escorting a cash collector’s vehicle.
Неизвестные расстреляли полицейский УАЗ в Петербурге, сообщают очевидцы. Погиб по меньшей мере один полицейский pic.twitter.com/OS3CwAUbCq— Лентач (@oldLentach) December 4, 2015
St. Petersburg website Fontanka reports the attackers stole bags of money from the car, according to a police source. They report that three cars were allegedly involved in the attack. The origin of the money is unknown, according to the site, although it suggests the cash could have belonged to LSR Group, a construction company.
В Санкт Петербурге неизвестные расстреляли полицейский УАЗ. Машина загорелась. Один из сотрудников погиб. pic.twitter.com/pxIU6kND6O— Роман Рябчук (@ryabtchuk_roman) December 4, 2015
The Russian Investigative Committee has confirmed that the attack took place.