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In Russian Dagestan, unknown persons attacked an Orthodox church and a synagogue: both buildings were set on fire. Video

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Unknown attackers attacked an Orthodox church and a synagogue

On Sunday, June 23, a synagogue, a church, and a police unit were shot at in the city of Derbent in Dagestan. In addition, shooting occurred in Makhachkala.

As of Monday morning, the death toll from the terrorist attacks on Derbent and Makhachkala rose to 20 people, including 17 law enforcement officers. Forty-four people were injured, including 37 law enforcement officers, according to the occupying country's Telegram channels.

The head of Dagestan, Sergei Melikov, said that more than 15 Russian police officers were killed in the attacks.

According to him, several other civilians were also killed, including a clergyman, Father Nikolai, who had worked for more than 40 years in an Orthodox church in Derbent.

In Russian Dagestan, unknown persons attacked an Orthodox church and a synagogue: both buildings were set on fire. Video
In Russian Dagestan, unknown persons attacked an Orthodox church and a synagogue: both buildings were set on fire. Video

Preliminary, there were three attackers in Derbent, they managed to escape. In Makhachkala, one police officer was killed and six wounded. There were no injuries or deaths among the civilian population, the Dagestan Interior Ministry reported.

Social media shows smoke pouring out of the windows of the third floor of the synagogue. Firefighters are working at the scene.

According to the Dagestan Interior Ministry, the shooting took place at about 18:00. In Derbent, unknown persons fired at a synagogue and a church with automatic weapons.

Russian propagandists have traditionally blamed Ukraine, the CIA and the head of the DIU Kirill Budanov for the anti-Semitic pogroms in Dagestan.

In Russian Dagestan, unknown persons attacked an Orthodox church and a synagogue: both buildings were set on fire. Video

As of 19:51 (Kyiv time - OBOZ.UA note), social media reported that two terrorists who attacked police officers in Makhachkala had been eliminated. The republic's Interior Ministry confirmed this information. Some of those involved were detained on the city beach. It is noted that one of the attackers is the son of the current head of the Dagestan municipality.

Clashes between militants and police continue in Makhachkala. A shootout was reported in the area of a synagogue. Residents of Dagestan are asked not to leave their homes unnecessarily. A shootout is also reported in Derbent.

As of 20:25, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has opened a case under the article "Terrorist Act" after the attacks in Derbent and Makhachkala. It is noted that the radicals attacked two Orthodox churches, a synagogue, and a traffic police post. Five people were killed and 23 injured.

Investigators and forensic experts are working at the crime scenes. A counterterrorist operation was introduced in Dagestan.

Meanwhile, the republic's Interior Ministry reports that 6 law enforcement officers were killed and 12 others wounded in an armed attack on a church, a synagogue and a traffic police post.

As of 20:35, the shooting in Derbent resumed again. In addition, according to social media reports, two sons of the head of Dagestan's Sergokalinsky district, Magomed Omarov, took part in the attack on Makhachkala: Osman and Adil Omarov.

Shots are still heard in Makhachkala. In addition, as reported in social media, 40 people are locked in an Orthodox church in the Kirovsky district of the city. Armed men are walking around outside.

The central part of Derbent is without electricity. Fighting continues in the city.

In Russian Dagestan, unknown persons attacked an Orthodox church and a synagogue: both buildings were set on fire. Video

Dagestan's Interior Ministry denies information that hostages are being held in a church in Makhachkala. It is reported that a firefight is taking place near the church, but the assault has not yet begun.

According to Russian media, Magomed Omarov, head of the Sergokalinsky district of Dagestan, whose sons took part in the attack on police officers in Makhachkala, was taken to thepolice. His home is being searched. At the same time, the man has not yet been officially detained. It is also reported that he has already resigned from his post.

As of 22:26, the clash between law enforcement and militants in Derbent continues, with the head of the police department in Dagestanskiye Vogni seriously wounded. This was reported by the republic's Interior Ministry. A firefight between police and militants also continues on Magomedtagirov Street in Makhachkala. Four militants were eliminated.

As of 23:05, the republic's Interior Ministry reports that the active phase of the counterterrorist operation in Derbent has been completed. Two militants were eliminated.

Dagestan's Interior Ministry, in turn, provides updated data on the number of victims of the militants' attack on Makhachkala - 16 people were hospitalized, including 13 police officers and three civilians.

As of 00:30 on June 24, 10 people were killed in the terrorist attack in Dagestan, 8 of them police officers. The head of the police department in the city of Dagestanskiye Vogni died from his injuries. The number of victims increased to 34, including 27 law enforcement officers.

Russian media, citing their sources in law enforcement agencies, reported that several of the attackers were listed in the Interior Ministry's databases as having connections in Wahhabi circles. All of them are residents of the republic. Exits from Makhachkala are currently blocked.

In Russian Dagestan, unknown persons attacked an Orthodox church and a synagogue: both buildings were set on fire. Video
In Russian Dagestan, unknown persons attacked an Orthodox church and a synagogue: both buildings were set on fire. Video
In Russian Dagestan, unknown persons attacked an Orthodox church and a synagogue: both buildings were set on fire. Video
In Russian Dagestan, unknown persons attacked an Orthodox church and a synagogue: both buildings were set on fire. Video

According to Dagestani media, former MMA fighter Gadzhimurad Kagirov could be among the eliminated terrorists. He is a master of sports in freestyle wrestling. In 2021, he represented Khabib Nurmagomedov's Eagles MMA club during the tournament.

In Russian Dagestan, unknown persons attacked an Orthodox church and a synagogue: both buildings were set on fire. Video

In addition, it is reported that all five liquidated militants were natives of Sergokalyn district. And they were members of the terrorist group of the son of the head of Sergokalinsky district, Magomed Omarov. Three of the killed militants were related to Omarov. Two of them - Adil and Osman - were sons of the official. The other is Abdusamad Amadziev, his nephew.

As of Monday morning, the death toll from the terrorist attacks on Derbent and Makhachkala has risen to 20 people, including 17 law enforcement officers. 44 people were injured, including 37 law enforcement officers.

As OBOZ.UA previously reported, this is not the first time Dagestan has been at the center of anti-Semitic riots. Last fall, hundreds of Dagestanis organized a "hunt" for Israelis who flew to Makhachkala from Tel Aviv. Radical supporters of the Palestinians gathered at the airport in Caspian Sea to meet the flight from Israel in an "adult way."

Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russian anti-Semitism and hatred of other nations are systemic and deep-rooted. Hatred is what drives aggression and terror, and Ukraine is ready to cooperate with all international partners to overcome it.

As OBOZ.UA previously reported, anti-Semitic protests in Dagestan and other regions of the North Caucasus emphasize the growing interethnic and interreligious tensions in Russia.

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