“The nine men, all from Central Asia, are charged with 17 murders and two attempted murders.” There were earlier, unconfirmed reports that this gang was recruiting for the Islamic State.
Hostage-taking is a practice that is sanctified in Sharia. Here is a salient passage on this issue from a Shafi’i manual of Islamic law:
When an adult male is taken captive, the caliph considers the interests … (of Islam and the Muslims) and decides between the prisoner’s death, slavery, release without paying anything, or ransoming himself in exchange for money or for a Muslim captive held by the enemy. (Umdat al-Salik (Reliance of the Traveller) o9.14)
/…“Four killed in shooting at Moscow court,” Reuters, August 1, 2017:
MOSCOW – Four people standing trial in a Moscow court were killed on Tuesday in a gunfight that broke out in the court building, a lawyer for the defendants said….
TASS news agency said the gunfight broke out after some of the defendants had tried to grab firearms from court security officers, and take hostages.
“2 injured in shooting at courthouse outside Moscow,” Associated Press, August 1, 2017 (thanks to David):
Two people have been injured in a shooting inside a courthouse in a Moscow suburb, local health officials said on Tuesday…
- Moscow court shooting: Three killed as defendants attack officers – BBC News
- “Emergency services outside Moscow court after shooting”
- Moment bodies are escorted from Moscow court after shooting