The territory of the Saint George the Victorious Church in Kizlyar. February 20, 2018. Photo by the press service of the city administration of Kizlyar http://mo-kizlyar.ru

20 February 2018, 14:21

About 5000 people come to funeral of victims of Kizlyar attack

In Kizlyar, residents of the city and neighbouring regions came to the funeral ceremony to say farewell to the people who fell victim to an attack on believers near a city church.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on February 18, 22-year-old Khalil Khalilov shelled people near a temple in Kizlyar. As a result, five women were killed, and four other people still stay at the hospital. The attacker himself was killed. The archbishop ordered to bury the killed women at the temple cemetery. The day of February 20 was announced to be a day of mourning in Kizlyar.

"Hundreds of Kizlyar residents came here early in the morning and offer their help. People have not yet recovered from the shock, and it is hard for them to find words to express their grief. All people who were at the temple and on the yard in front of it stayed alive due to our believer Irina Melkomova. She run to the assailant and used plastic bags to knock a rifle out of his hands. While she attracted the killer's attention, the believers managed to hide inside the temple," said priest Pavel Kalikin, the rector of the Saint George the Victorious Church.

The shooting in Kizlyar became the first incident in Dagestan in 2018, the responsibility for which was claimed by the terrorist organization "Islamic State" (IS), banned in Russia by the court. Meanwhile, experts interviewed by the "Caucasian Knot" believe the attacker was a "lone wolf" and he was not directly connected with the IS.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

All news

March 25, 2019 11:01

  • Relatives report traces of beatings on Tuntuev's body

    Ayub Tuntuev, a former security of the Chechen leader, who was found dead in a colony, has been buried into the clan cemetery. Relatives found bruises on his body, while examination established the absence of kidneys and a lung in Tuntuev's body.

March 25, 2019 10:48

  • Pavel Grib demands due quality of medical examination

    The Ukrainian citizen Pavel Grib, convicted for incitement to a terror act in a Sochi school, demanded to undergo a medical examination in the presence of independent experts and the Ukrainian Ombudsperson, Leonid Petrashis, the head of the Public Oversight Commission (POC) of the Rostov Region, who has visited Grib at the SIZO (pre-trial prison), has announced.

March 25, 2019 10:09

March 25, 2019 09:56

  • Rights defenders count 87 political prisoners in Azerbaijan

    After the pardoning, Azerbaijani jails still keep 87 political prisoners, the study of the Union "For the Freedom of Political Prisoners of Azerbaijan" asserts. Rights defenders have called on the authorities to release political prisoners and stop the practice of criminal prosecution of citizens on politically motivated charges.

March 24, 2019 10:37

  • European diplomats criticize verdict to Pavel Grib

    Pavel Grib, convicted on charges of incitement to terror act, should be released, the external relations service of the European Union has stated. Jeremy Hunt, the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, has pointed to the political background of the persecution of the Ukrainian citizen.

News archive