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Synagogue and two Orthodox churches attacked in southern Russia

At least one police officer has been killed in a series of armed attacks in Dagestan

Two churches and a synagogue have come under attack in the southern Russian region of Dagestan, local police said in a statement on Sunday. Unidentified assailants opened fire on the buildings with automatic firearms before fleeing the scene, according to a statement published on Telegram.  

At least one officer was killed in the incident, the police stated, adding that the authorities are still trying to obtain more information on the casualties.

The suspects drove away in a white Volkswagen Polo, the police said, adding that they are currently searching for the vehicle.

Police officers were also attacked in Makhachkala – Dagestan’s capital and the region’s biggest city. An assault on a traffic police station in the city center claimed one officer’s life and left six more injured, the authorities said. The shootout resulted in no civilian casualties, according to preliminary information.

A video of the incident supposedly from witnesses surfaced on social media. It shows at least three black-clad men shooting at cars in the middle of a street. Loud gunfire can be heard in the background.

The assailants in Derbent reportedly broke into the Orthodox church and killed a local priest by slitting his throat, said Shamil Khadulaev, the head of the regional public oversight committee which monitors the observance of human rights in prisons. Other regional authorities have not commented on this information.

The synagogue was reportedly set on fire. Videos and photos have surfaced on social media purporting to show the building engulfed in flames.

June 23, 2024 at 09:51PM

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