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Russia church assault: Gunmen kill 15 cops and several other civilians in Russia’s southern Dagestan area

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A view reveals plumes of smoke rising, in Derbent, Russia, June 23, 2024, on this nonetheless picture obtained from a video.
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More than 15 cops and several other civilians, together with an Orthodox priest, had been killed by armed militants in Russia’s southern republic of Dagestan on Sunday, its governor Sergei Melikov mentioned in a video assertion early Monday, June 24, 2024.

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The gunmen opened fireplace on two Orthodox church buildings, a synagogue and a police publish in two cities, in accordance with the authorities.

Russia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee described the assaults within the predominantly Muslim area with a historical past of armed insurgency as terrorist acts.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday had been declared days of mourning within the area.

Dagestan’s Interior Ministry mentioned a gaggle of armed males shot at a synagogue and a church within the metropolis of Derbent, situated on the Caspian Sea. Both the church and the synagogue caught fireplace, in accordance with state media. Almost concurrently, reviews appeared about an assault on a church and a visitors police publish within the Dagestan capital, Makhachkala.

Authorities introduced a counter-terrorist operation within the area. The Anti-Terrorist Committee mentioned 5 gunmen had been “eliminated.” The governor mentioned six “bandits” had been “liquidated.” The conflicting numbers could not be instantly reconciled and it wasn’t clear what number of militants had been concerned within the assaults.

There was no fast declare of accountability for the assaults. The authorities launched a prison investigation on the cost of a terrorist act.

Russian state information company Tass cited legislation enforcement sources as saying {that a} Dagestani official was detained over his sons’ involvement within the assaults.

Melikov mentioned within the video assertion that the scenario within the area was underneath management of the legislation enforcement and native authorities, and vowed that the investigation of the assaults will proceed till “all the sleeping cells” of the militants are uncovered.

He claimed, with out offering proof, that the assaults might need been ready from overseas, and referenced what the Kremlin calls “the special military operation” in Ukraine in an obvious try to hyperlink the assaults to it.

In March, gunmen opened fireplace on a crowd at a live performance corridor in suburban Moscow, killing 145 folks. An affiliate of the Islamic State group claimed accountability for the assault, however Russian officers additionally sought to hyperlink Ukraine to the assault with out offering any proof. Kyiv has vehemently denied any involvement.

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