Attacks on synagogue, churches in Russia's Dagestan kill over 15 police officers

(MENAFN) Early Monday, Sergey Melikov, the regional head of Dagestan, confirmed that more than 15 Police officers had been killed in armed attacks. He addressed the assaults on his Telegram channel, detailing incidents in Makhachkala and Derbent. In Makhachkala, attackers targeted a police checkpoint, while in Derbent, they struck two churches and a synagogue. These cities are approximately 128 kilometers apart.

Melikov unequivocally labeled the coordinated assaults as "terrorist attacks," expressing awareness of the perpetrators and their objectives. He described the attacks as a threat to their homeland, highlighting the ongoing efforts of Dagestani police to confront those responsible.

The casualties included more than 15 police officers who Melikov praised for defending peace and order in Dagestan. Tragically, civilians, including a priest, also lost their lives in the violence.

Melikov reported that the active phase of counter-terrorism operations in Makhachkala and Derbent had concluded, with six gunmen neutralized. He emphasized ongoing efforts to uncover and dismantle external plots and terrorist cells, reassuring that state institutions were effectively managing the situation.

The Russian Investigative Committee promptly classified the attacks as terrorism and launched a thorough investigation into the incidents, underscoring the severity of the situation and the imperative to bring those responsible to justice.



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