Residents of Riga were surprised by the presence – and the blank shootings – of soldiers participating in a military exercise in the city center. The Defense Ministry has apologized, according to Latvian media.
Several videos circulating on social networks on September 12 show a strong presence of soldiers in Riga (Latvia), who fire in the middle of passers-by.
In other footage, a woman can also be seen rushing out of a street in the Latvian capital with a crying child in her arms after a shootout.
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Quoted by the Latvian news portal tvnet.lv, the Ministry of Defense apologized for having frightened the citizens, adding that the shots were not done with live ammunition while declaring that “unexpected situations” could arise. produce during military exercises. Earlier today, the Latvian army indicated that these exercises were being held as part of “Namejs 2021” and also took place outside military sites in order to get as close as possible “to the real situation”.
Started on August 31, the “Namejs 2021” exercise will end on October 3. Several NATO countries are participating, in particular the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France.