Four killed when gunman opens fire at Russian church

The victims were churchgoers leaving a service in Russian Federation.

On Sunday, a man in Russia's southern province of Dagestan opened fire into a crowd of people leaving a church, killing five and injuring at least five others. According to preliminary data, four people were killed.

The gunman was shot and killed, according to local reports.

They include two members of local security services and two civilians, also women, the Interfax news agency said. Authorities are questioning the man's wife about the shooting.

"Four people were killed".

"We had finished the mass and were beginning to leave the church", Russian news organisation RBK Daily quoted a priest as saying.

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"A soldier of Islam, Khalil Daghestani, attacked" a church in the town of Kizlyar in Dagestan", IS said via the Telegram messaging app.

A shooting at a church in Russian Federation has left at least five people dead on Sunday, according to reports.

Kizlyar lies in in the North Caucasus region on the border with Chechnya.

Dagestan is a predominantly Muslim region between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea close to Georgia.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the shooting, its news agency Amaq reported, but did not provide immediate evidence for the claim.

Sunday's shooting comes exactly one month before the March 18 presidential election that Vladimir Putin is nearly guaranteed to win.

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