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    Gunmen Launch Coordinated Attacks on Churches, Synagogues in Russia; 15 Dead

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    Gunmen Launch Coordinated Attacks on Churches, Synagogues in Russia; 15 Dead

    A wave of violence shook Russia’s North Caucasus region of Dagestan as unidentified gunmen carried out deadly attacks on synagogues, churches, and a police post on Sunday. Governor Sergei Melikov confirmed that at least 15 people lost their lives in the assaults, including police officers and an Orthodox priest, with several others sustaining injuries.

    The coordinated attacks took place simultaneously in Makhachkala, Dagestan’s largest city, and Derbent, a coastal city. Governor Melikov swiftly labeled the assaults as a “terrorist attack,” emphasizing the seriousness of the situation. Law enforcement officers engaged with the gunmen, resulting in the deaths of four assailants in Makhachkala and two in Derbent.

    Among the victims was a revered Orthodox priest who had served in Derbent for over four decades, highlighting the indiscriminate nature of the violence. Governor Melikov, addressing the grim events, stated on Telegram that the attacks aimed to sow discord and disrupt societal peace.

    Authorities in Dagestan responded decisively, declaring an end to the “active phase” of operations and announcing the elimination of six assailants. Governor Melikov vowed to pursue all individuals associated with the attacks, including those abroad who may have orchestrated the violence.

    In mourning of the tragic loss of life, June 24-26 were designated as days of mourning in Dagestan. Flags were lowered to half-staff, and all non-essential entertainment activities were canceled as a mark of respect for the victims.

    The Russia Investigative Committee has initiated criminal investigations into the “acts of terror” in Dagestan. Despite the severity of the attacks, no group has claimed responsibility at this time.

    Reports from Russian state media suggested that two sons of a local official from central Dagestan were among the attackers and have been detained. Additionally, both the synagogue and church in Derbent were reportedly set ablaze during the violence.

    Sources By Agencies

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