A man in Dagestan, Russia, shoots new churchgoers from the church. At least five people were killed and five others injured in the shootings claimed by radical groups Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Reported by a number of Russian media quoting the local health ministry as reported by Reuters on Monday (19/2/2018), the shooting occurred in the village of Kizlyar, the Dagestan region where many Russian Muslims live on Sunday 18/2) local time.
In its statement, ISIS claimed responsibility for this shooting. The claim was delivered via the ISIS news agency, Amaq. But the ISIS does not provide further evidence to support the claim.
Russian news agencies call this shooting occurred as churchgoers are celebrating Maslenitsa, a Christian religious celebration in Russia that marks the last day before entering a pre- -According to the local Orthodox calendar.
The TASS news agency quoting the Russian Investigation Commission, reported the shooter had been identified as a 22-year-old local man.
According to TASS, the shooter was shot dead by a security officer on duty near the shooting site. A hunting rifle, a number of bullets and a knife were found carried by the perpetrator.
Initial reports say five dead were all female. While the injured, according to Interfax news agency, consists of two personnel of the local security service and two civilians who are both women. No mention of one other wounded.
Dagestan is a small republic in the Caucasus mountain region and borders on Chechnya, where Russia has fought against separatists and local radical groups since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Many residents in Chechnya are reported to join ISIS.
(nvc / ita)