Security Police «for now excludes political motives for kidnapping officer»

Toomas Randlo
, reporter
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According to Security Police director-general Arnold Sinisalu, KAPO is for now excluding a political motivation for the kidnapping of our officer at the Estonian-Russian border.

«At 9 in the morning, thus far unidentified persons moving into Estonian territory from Russia apprehended a security police officer. They threatened [him] with a gun and used violence,» said Mr Sinisalu.  

«It was established that a scuffle has taken place on the border. It is visible that from the Russian side footprints are comint over to the Estonian side, there was a scuffle, and [they] went back,» said Mr Sinisalu. «We have no indications of shots fired, there is no blood on the scene.»

Mr Sinisalu said the officer is an experienced man whose identity will not be revealed at the moment.

«At 1 pm, today, Estonian and Russian border guard met at the Luhamaa border checkpoint. According to Russian Border Guard, they have no records of the incident,» said Mr Sinisalu.

According to Mr Sinisalu, the incident is being treated as an ordinary crime and the Estonian state will do everything to deliver the captured KAPO employee.