BREAKING NEWS: Gunman ‘shouting Allahu Akbar’ kills five women and wounds five others as he opens fire on worshippers leaving Russian church service

Sunday, February 18, 2018
By Paul Martin

Five women were killed and five other people hurt in attack outside holy place
The slaughter was reportedly during the Maslenitsa festival in Kizlyar, Dagestan
One witness said: ‘I believe God saved us, not allowing the man to get inside’
An Orthodox priest said the perpetrator shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ during the attack

18 February 2018

Five women have been killed while leaving a church service in southern Russia, media in the country is reporting.

Another five people were wounded during the shooting at the Orthodox Christian house of worship.

Tass news agency said the slaughter occurred outside a church in the town of Kizlyar in Dagestan.

The gunman shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ during the shooting, according to an Orthodox priest.

The agency cited Mayor Alexander Shuvalov as the source for the number of people killed and wounded.

A police source told Tass: ‘The shooter was gunned down.’

The assailant was identified as a 22-year-old man local to the region, the TASS news agency said, citing the investigative committee. He has been reported dead.

He was shot and killed by security services who were on duty nearby, TASS said, adding that a hunting rifle, bullets and a knife were discovered on his person.

‘An unknown man opened fire with a hunting rifle in Kizlyar, fatally wounding four women,’ the regional internal affairs ministry said in a statement.

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