A large scale and coordinated raid has been confirmed on the northern continent of Avair IV in the Domain Region.
In the earlier hows of Sept. 28th after the previous nights celebration of the anniversary of Her Majesty the Empress Catiz I coronation, following reports of an armed group spotted on Avair IV, several holdings belonging to Holder Dorian Fabius, a prominant local Holder. The group of armed men hasn’t been identified, nor has any group come forward to claim credit for the attack. Early reports indicated a Blood Raider attack, following along a string of attacks accross New Eden, however as reports came in and more information became available, it was clear that this attack was perpetuated by another group.
“Given the precision and carefulness of the attack, along with the lack of massive loss of life characteristic of attacks by the Blooder filth, we can effectively rule our their participation” A top planetary security official gave a brieifing this morning in the aftermath of the attack. “This groups objective, it would appear, was to abduct the property of Lord Fabius, with several thousand slaves of Minmatar origin having been taken.” When asked why Lord Fabius had been singled out for this attack, the official chose to not comment, stating that the investigation was still ongoing.
In addition to the abducted slaves, there are several wounded overseers and other holding personel, with 8 confirmed dead and several more in critical condition following a series of small scale firefights between the armed group and Lord Fabius security staff.
In what is now confirmed to be a related incident, Planetary Services logged unauthorized atmospheric entry by unknown vessels, and tracked their departure off planet just a few hours later. Planetary Security Service members managed to arrive on the sites and engaged several of these cells as they attempted to leave with their cargo. Casualty numbers are currently unknown following these engagements, however there are confirmed causalities on both sides, with the armed group maneging to secure their personel before rapid extraction.
“What is clear at this time…” answered the security official, when questioned about the services response time and inability to detain the group “… is that who ever this may be, were well trained, well armed, and had months of planning. We will continue investigations and work hard to bring these terrorists to justice.”
A security video was released along with the statement this morning of one of the sites that was hit by this raid.
(A 7 minute video is embedded, showing at first a black screen, followed quickly by a bright flash and a crumbling wall. Several people, clad in tactical gear rushed through the wall and continued on to what is now clear to be the inside of a building. A few bright flashes are seen coming from the ends of their rifles as they engage those they run into. Several moments later, a large number of people, clearly slaves are seen running back out through the torn wall escorted by the armed personnel. At the end of the video one man in particular is seen with a slave woman as they leave the premises. He is not wearing a helmet, however only a partial angle of his face can be seen, showing parts of a face tattoo before they leave)
This is Keni Pava, with StarSide News, bringing you the latest.