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Nineteen Killed in Attacks on Churches and Synagogue in Southern Russia

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Attacks on Police Posts, Churches, and a Synagogue in Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan have left 19 Police Officers and several civilians dead.

The apparently coordinated attacks targeted the cities of Derbent and Makhachkala on the Orthodox Festival of Pentecost.

Two Churches and a Synagogue were targeted in Sunday’s attacks, as well as a Police Post in Makhachkala, Dagestan’s largest city.

The Republic’s Head, Sergei Melikov, said it was understood who was behind the organization of the attacks, without giving details.

Mr. Melikov said several Civilians had lost their life, including a Priest, Father Nikolai Kotelnikov, who he said had served in Derbent for more than 40 years.

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