IS claims responsibility for church shooting in Russia

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on churchgoers in Russia's predominantly Muslim Dagestan region.

At least five people were killed and four others wounded when a gunman opened fire with a hunting rifle on people leaving a Sunday service at a Russian Orthodox church in the Dagestan city of Kizlyar.

Authorities said the gunman was a local resident, and his wife has been detained for questioning.

But police have not commented on the possible motive for the attack.

A statement from the Islamic State group, posted on an IS-affiliated militant website today, claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying a Muslim fighter attacked "a Christian temple" in Kizlyar.

The authenticity of the statement could not be confirmed, but the website is regularly used by IS for posting militant statements.

PA

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