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ISIS Claim Full Responsibility For Deadly Church attack In Russia

The gunman has now been identified as 22-year-old Khalil Khalilov, who was local to the ar

 on 19th February 2018 @ 10.22am
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The gunman has now been identified as 22-year-old Khalil Khalilov, who was local to the area.

On Sunday a lone gunman entered a Christian church in Russia and opened fire killing five and injuring several others.

Terrorist group ISIS has now claimed responsibility for the attack, which concurred in Kizlyar, an area heavily populated by Muslims in Dagestan, Southern Russia.

The gunman has now been identified as 22-year-old Khalil Khalilov, who was local to the area.

Khalilov was armed with a hunting rifle and a knife at the time of the attack and was also carrying ammunition, he allegedly screamed Allahu Akbar” before carrying out the attack on the crowd in the Church according to the priest.

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently slammed the United States for seizing Syria's oil without defeating ISIS, something which he says is becoming problematic around the world.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said on Thursday that pro-government Syrian militia was out a reconnaissance operation close to former Al-Isba oil refinery in Deir ez-Zor province.

Daily Caller reports: The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred in Kizlyar in the Muslim-majority province of Dagestan in southern Russia. ISIS has carried out a number of attacks on security personnel in the region.

The assailant was identified as 22-year-old Khalil Khalilov, a local resident. Armed with a knife and a hunting rifle, as well as extra ammunition, the attacker reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” before pumping rounds into his victims, a priest told local media, according to the New York Times. In its official statement, ISIS identified the attacker as Khalil al-Degestani.

The churchgoers were leaving a worship service celebrating Maslenitsa, a traditional pre-Lent festival for Russian Orthodox Christians, when the so-called “soldier of the caliphate”opened fire. Four women were killed at the scene, and a fifth passed away at the hospital, BBC reported.

Security personnel shot and killed the attacker, ending the assault.

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