Dagestan church shooting leaves four dead in Kizlyar

Becca Schofield

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A gunman in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Daghestan reportedly shot and killed five people before being shot dead by security forces.

"People were leaving a church after an evening service when he opened gunfire at them", Kizlyar's Mayor Alexander Shuvalov told TASS.

The shooter targeted a group of people celebrating a religious Russian folk festival and injured five others. The Interfax News Agency says the shooter was a local man in his 20s.

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Russian news outlets also posted photos on social media of the alleged weapon used in the attack, in addition to a body in front of the church covered by a tarp. "A bearded man ran towards the church shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) and killed four people", the priest said.

No immediate motive for the shooting was revealed.

Christians are a small minority in Dagestan, which is ethnically diverse and over 80 per cent Muslim, according to a 2012 census.

Following two separatist wars in neighbouring Chechnya, an Islamist insurgency spread to Dagestan.

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