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Over 15 dead in Russia attacks at synagogue, Orthodox church, police post

Assailants opened fire at an Orthodox church, a synagogue and a traffic police post across two cities in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan on Sunday evening, killing more than 15 police officers and several civilians, local officials said.

The dead included an Orthodox priest, Nikolai Kotelnikov. More than two dozen others were injured in what appeared to be a coordinated attack. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Kotelnikov, 66, was killed at the Church of Intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Derbent. Gunmen also attacked the city's only synagogue, though it was apparently empty at the time.


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