Sat. Jul 20th, 2024 Online News, June 24, 2024: A massive terrorist attack took place in two cities of Russia’s Dagestan region on Sunday, killing 16 people, including policemen and a priest. 25 people were injured. Russia’s Investigative Committee said it has opened an investigation into the terrorist attack.

The attacks took place on police posts, churches and places of worship in the cities of Derbent and Makhachkala. In a statement, the Directorate of Investigation said that they are ascertaining all the circumstances related to the incident and the persons involved in the terrorist attacks and strict legal action will be taken against them.

Local officials said seven officers, a priest and a church security guard were among the dead. According to the Russian news agency TASS, six terrorists were killed.

Pastor killed in church

Shamil Khadulev, chairman of the Public Monitoring Commission of Dagestan, said that according to the information he received, Father Nikolai was killed in the Derbent church, where he was strangled by terrorists. He also said that a security guard who was armed with only a pistol was fired at in the church.

According to Dagestan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, one of the slain officers was the head of the police department, Mavludin Khidiranbiev. Meanwhile, a prayer meeting in Derbent was set on fire. At the same time, a prayer meeting and a police post in Makhachkala were also fired upon.

Identity of the attackers..

The head of the Republic of Dagestan, Sergey Melikov, issued a statement. It stated that unidentified persons tried to destabilize the social situation. Melikov said that the attackers are being identified. Calling on people to remain calm, Melikov said that terrorists have come here only to spread fear.

Attacks in Makhachkala and Derbent

Israel’s foreign ministry called it a joint attack on two prayer meetings. The ministry said in a statement that prayer meetings were attacked in Makhachkala and Derbent. In this, the Derbent prayer meeting was set on fire. A local guard was killed there. In Makhachkala too, the prayer meeting was attacked with bullets. There were no casualties from the Jewish community.

He took charge of the Russian National Guard

Currently, the Russian National Guard is in charge. Both the synagogue and the church are located in the city of Derbent, Dagestan. It is a predominantly Muslim region in the North Caucasus, home to a large population of ancient Jews. Terrorists also attacked a police post in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan.

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