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Russia: Eyewitnesses recount how Dagestan deadly church attack unfolded04:58

Russia: Eyewitnesses recount how Dagestan deadly church attack unfolded

Russian Federation, Kizlyar
February 19, 2018 at 17:32 GMT -00:00 · Published

Eyewitness of shooting (Russian): "If not for Ira, there would have been more casualties."

Church worker and eyewitness of shooting (Russian): "It is good that Ira tried to stop him."

Eyewitness of shooting (Russian): "She tried to drive him away with her bag."

Eyewitnesses recounted Sunday's deadly shooting at Kizlyar church in Dagestan on Monday.

Prior of Kizlyar's St. George Church Father Pavel said that as a gunman started a shooting spree, a local woman called Irina and one of the Cossacks attempted to bar the shooter from moving further, which he said had given time for the church workers to close the church and calm down other worshippers.

Commenting on the attack, Acting Head of Dagestan Vladimir Vasilyev stated that those who masterminded the attack "sought to split the multinational, multi-confessional population of Dagestan in Kizlyar," which had "backfired."

He went on to say that "we became more united than we were in the past. We are well aware of the goal pursued by the enemies of Dagestan's development, who want to pit [members of] our multinational society against one another by whatever means. They will not succeed."

The shooter, reportedly known as Khalilov Khalil, opened fire at a church entrance in Kizlyar with a shot-gun on Sunday, claiming the lives of five women and injuring four more people. He was later killed by police.

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Eyewitness of shooting (Russian): "If not for Ira, there would have been more casualties."

Church worker and eyewitness of shooting (Russian): "It is good that Ira tried to stop him."

Eyewitness of shooting (Russian): "She tried to drive him away with her bag."

Eyewitnesses recounted Sunday's deadly shooting at Kizlyar church in Dagestan on Monday.

Prior of Kizlyar's St. George Church Father Pavel said that as a gunman started a shooting spree, a local woman called Irina and one of the Cossacks attempted to bar the shooter from moving further, which he said had given time for the church workers to close the church and calm down other worshippers.

Commenting on the attack, Acting Head of Dagestan Vladimir Vasilyev stated that those who masterminded the attack "sought to split the multinational, multi-confessional population of Dagestan in Kizlyar," which had "backfired."

He went on to say that "we became more united than we were in the past. We are well aware of the goal pursued by the enemies of Dagestan's development, who want to pit [members of] our multinational society against one another by whatever means. They will not succeed."

The shooter, reportedly known as Khalilov Khalil, opened fire at a church entrance in Kizlyar with a shot-gun on Sunday, claiming the lives of five women and injuring four more people. He was later killed by police.

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