Dagestan: Unknown gunman shots people at Maslenitsa celebration

Dagestan: Unknown gunman shots people at Maslenitsa celebration

The assailant was killed by police.

Russian news reports say a gunman has opened fire on people leaving a church service in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan, killing and least five people and wounding four others. The Russian news agency TASS cited Svetlana Petrenko of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation as the source for the number of people killed and wounded. According to Interfax, the gunman has been identified as a local man in his early 20s.

According to preliminary information, the injured persons include three National Guard officers.

"We had finished the mass and were beginning to leave the church".

Four women were killed on the site of the incident, while another woman subsequently succumbed to her wounds in hospital, the document added.

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The ISISl claimed responsibility for the attack.

"The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church considers this awful crime, committed on the eve of the Great Lent, a provocation aimed at instigating confrontation between [the] Orthodox and Muslims, who have been coexisting peacefully for ages in the Caucasus", his spokesman said, RT reported.

Islamist rebels from the region, which lies immediately east of Chechnya, are known to have travelled to Syria to join ISIS.

The attack occurred in the village of Kizlyar in the Muslim-majority republic of Dagestan, agencies said.

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