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Russia: Gunman Kills Churchgoers at Folk Festival in Muslim-majority Dagestan

Russia: Gunman Kills Churchgoers at Folk Festival in Muslim-majority Dagestan

Among the wounded are two members of the security forces.

"The incident took place in Kizlyar". The Daesh terror group reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

The assailant, who was identified as 22-year-old local resident Khalil Khalilov by the city administration, came right up to the victims before gunning them down.

Four people were killed and four others were injured after a gunman on Sunday opened fire on people leaving a church service in Russia's Dagestan region. One woman later died at a hospital, a law enforcement source told RIA Novosti.

State-backed news outlet RT reported that people were at the church celebrating the Russian festival of Maslenitsa, which marks the beginning of Lent for Russian Orthodox Christians.

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"As a result, four people were killed and four injured". The Russian RBK daily quoted an Orthodox priest saying the attacker had opened fire on churchgoers following an afternoon service.

"I believe God saved us, not allowing the man to get inside the church".

Dagestan, bordering Chechnya, is one of the poorest and most unstable regions of Russian Federation. "He was carrying a rifle and a knife".

The motive for the shooting is not known.

Two wars for independence in Chechnya and widespread corruption have left the region destabilized.


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