Thursday 26 April 2018

Four killed as gunman opens fire in church in Russia

The assailant was killed by police after the attack in a region which has been hit by an Islamist insurgency

A view of the Kremlin (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)
A view of the Kremlin (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

A gunman has opened fire with a hunting rifle on churchgoers leaving a service in Russia's Dagestan region, killing four people and wounding four others.

It is understood police have killed the assailant.

The shooting took place on Sunday evening in Kizlyar, a town of about 50,000 people on the border with Chechnya.

State news agency Tass cited mayor Alexander Shuvalov as saying four people were killed and four wounded.

The motive for the shooting was not immediately known.

Dagestan is a predominantly Muslim region between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea.

Following two separatist wars in neighbouring Chechnya, an Islamist insurgency spread to Dagestan.

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