NewsDeadly attacks on Dagestan churches and synagogues leave 15 dead

Deadly attacks on Dagestan churches and synagogues leave 15 dead

Dramatic scenes in Russia. There are many dead.
Dramatic scenes in Russia. There are many dead.
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Jakub Artych

24 June 2024 07:09

In Derbent and Makhachkala, militants attacked two churches, a synagogue, and a roadside police station (near the second synagogue) on the evening of 23 June. According to the latest data, several people, including police officers and a priest, were killed.

According to the authorities in Russia, armed men attacked churches, a synagogue, and a police station in Dagestan in Russia's North Caucasus, killing at least 15 police officers and National Guard members, several civilians, and an Orthodox priest.

The attackers opened fire on two churches, a synagogue, and a police station in two cities. The Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee described the attacks in the predominantly Muslim region, which has experienced armed uprisings in the past, as acts of terrorism.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday have been declared days of mourning in the region. The Dagestan Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that a group of armed men first fired upon a synagogue and a church in the city of Derbent by the Caspian Sea.

State media reported that almost simultaneously, there were reports of an attack on a church and a roadside police station in the capital of Dagestan, Makhachkala.

The fights in Derbent and Makhachkala lasted until late Sunday evening (divers). The republic implemented an anti-terrorism operation regime. Sergey Melikov called the attacks "an attempt to destabilise the social situation" in the region. According to politicians, the authorities fully control the situation.

Personal details of the attackers in Dagestan revealed

As highlighted by the Baza profile on Telegram, among the attackers in Dagestan were two sons of Magomed Omarov, the head of the Sergokalin district: Osman and Adil Omarov.

According to Baza, senior Omarov was taken to the police, and his house is being searched. At the same time, the head of the Sergokalin district has not been officially detained.

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