Police makes over 100 arrests after Khovanskoye Cemetery brawl

Twenty-six people have been hospitalized after the brawl, half of them with firearm injuries

Some 300 police officers were called in to deal with a conflict at Khovanskoye Cemetery; over 100 incident participants have been arrested, a law enforcement source told Interfax on Sunday.

A total of 252 Moscow city police officers and 40 Moscow regional officers were sent to the scene after the mass brawl began at the cemetery, the source said. They have arrested 111 people at the scene and in the adjacent area

To prevent further fighting, the police had to fire warning shots, the source added.

The police recovered from the scene a Kalashnikov rifle, 51 empty cartridge cases of varying caliber, knuckles, knives, axes, sticks and metal pieces, the source said.

A 22-year-old Tajik man, who effectively lived at the cemetery, died from a gunshot wound in the chest, he said. A 42-year-old migrant and an unidentified man died after being run over by a vehicle, he said. There are no other deaths, the source said.

Police have launched a criminal inquiry into the incident on charges of two or more murders by an organized group, illicit trafficking of firearms, and premeditated hooliganism, (Articles 105, 222 and 213 of the Russian Criminal Code, respectively), the source said.

A mass brawl involving about 200 people took place at Khovanskoye Cemetery on Saturday.

It is believed the brawl was prompted by an argument over service areas at the cemetery, according to the Interior Ministry.

The fighting took place between natives of Russia's Caucasus on one side, and migrants from Central Asian republics on the other, a law enforcement source told Interfax.

Twenty-six people have been hospitalized after the brawl, half of them with firearm injuries, a source inside medical circles told Interfax.

A spokesperson for the Moscow Health Department told Interfax that three people were killed as a result of the brawl.

Read more: One more dead body found after mass fight at Moscow's Khovanskoye cemetery

 

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