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A teen-age Russian border guard, on the run from his unit, shot to death five people to steal their car, then killed himself, NTV television reported Sunday.

NTV said it was unclear what had prompted Oleg Protsenko, 18, to desert and go on the shooting spree.

He left a suicide note, written in jam, in the car's glove compartment, saying: "I'm sorry, Mum."

NTV quoted border guard officials as saying Protsenko had left his unit in Russia's Baltic Sea Kaliningrad enclave Saturday, taking a Kalashnikov assault rifle with him.

He killed three men and two women traveling through a nearby village in their car. Protsenko's body was found early Sunday in the stolen car, which he had driven into a forest. NTV said he shot himself and suggested the young conscript might have run away to escape maltreatment.

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