Church minister among at least 19 killed in Dagestan terror attack

24 June 2024

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A 66-year-old church minister was among at least 19 people killed in terror attacks carried out in two cities of Dagestan, Russia, on Sunday 23 June.

Nikolai Kotelnikov, the minister of a church in the city of Derbent, died after his throat was slit by the attackers. A guard at the same church was shot dead.

A church in Makhachkala, Dagestan’s largest city, was also attacked, as were synagogues in both cities along with a police checkpoint in Makhachkala. 

The Republic of Dagestan is a semi-autonomous region in the Russian Federation

At least 15 police and National Guard officers were killed along with several civilians. It has not yet been confirmed who was responsible for the attacks.

Dagestan is a semi-autonomous republic in the North Caucasus region of the Russian Federation.

Pray for all those affected by these terror attacks, and especially our brothers and sisters. Ask that all people in Dagestan and the wider region will be protected from any further violence.

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