19 people killed, 5 attackers eliminated, national mourning… What we know

19 people killed, 5 attackers eliminated, national mourning… What we know
19 people killed, 5 attackers eliminated, national mourning… What we know

By Le Nouvel Obs

Published on June 24, 2024 at 11:22 a.m.

Vehicles burned in Makhachkala, Dagestan, June 24, 2024. GYANZHEVI GADZHIBALAYEV/TASS/SIP

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On Sunday, attacks notably targeted two Orthodox churches, a synagogue and a police checkpoint. Nineteen people, including four civilians, were killed and five attackers were “liquidated,” investigators announced.

Nineteen people, including four civilians, were killed on Sunday June 23 in attacks “terrorists” in Dagestan, in the Russian Caucasus, and five attackers were eliminated by the police, the Russian Investigative Committee, in charge of the investigations, announced on Monday.

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“According to preliminary data, 15 law enforcement officers were killed, as well as four civilians, including an Orthodox priest”, investigators said in a statement. During the anti-terrorist operation which ended this Monday morning, ” five persons “ have been “liquidated”. “Their identity has been established”, they added, without specifying whether the attackers were still on the run or not. Here’s what we know.

• A series of “terrorist” attacks

This series of attacks described as “terrorists” by the Russian authorities comes three months after the attack claimed by the jihadist organization Islamic State (IS) of the Crocus City Hall, a concert hall in the suburbs of Moscow, which left more than 140 dead and revived the threat of terrorism Islamist in the country.

These latest attacks took place in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, and the coastal city of Derbent. Sunday’s attacks targeted “two Orthodox churches, a synagogue and a police checkpoint”according to the Russian Investigative Committee, which opened an investigation into “terrorist acts”. Among the victims is a 66-year-old priest. Jewish representatives, including the Russian Jewish Congress, said a second synagogue was also burned during the attacks.

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Armed individuals also opened fire on a vehicle carrying police officers, injuring one of them, in Sergokala, a village located between Makhachkala and Derbent, according to the local Interior Ministry. Authorities have not clarified whether these individuals were the same as those who carried out attacks in Makhachkala or not.

• The motivations of the attackers still unknown

No information on their motivations or their identity has yet filtered out. On Sunday evening, the leader of Dagestan, Sergei Melikov, said that “unknown people had tried to destabilize society”. “We know who is behind these terrorist attacks and what objective they are pursuing”he subsequently assured, in a video on Telegram, without specifying who was in the viewfinder but alluding to the conflict in Ukraine. “We must understand that war comes to our homes too. We felt it, but today we face it”he said.

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Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church and fervent supporter of the Kremlin, for his part assured Sunday that the” enemy “ sought to destroy “interreligious peace” in Russia. His goal is to “plant the seeds of hatred”he denounced, without naming those responsible.

• The anti-terrorist operation completed

The anti-terrorist operation launched after the attacks has ended, the Russian Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAK) said on Monday. “Due to the neutralization of threats to the life and health of citizens, it was decided to end the anti-terrorist operation” in Dagestan from 7:15 a.m. (Paris time), said the committee, cited by Russian news agencies.

• Three days of mourning announced

Three days of mourning have been declared in Dagestan, from Monday to Wednesday, the local administration said.

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