ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Orthodox church attack in Russian Federation

Five killed including gunman in shooting at festival in southern Russia-RT

Five people were killed and five injured in the shooting in Kizlyar, a town sitting on Dagestan's border with Chechnya in Russia's troubled North Caucasus.

Russian investigators said Monday they were examining all possibilities as to what motivated the attack. The gunman, who was carrying a hunting rifle, bullets and a knife, was killed. It was followed by a lengthier official statement in which it described the assailant as a "soldier of the caliphate" and provided a nom de guerre for the attacker, Khalil al-Dagestani.

Four women died at the scene, and a fifth died of her injuries at a hospital, a Health Ministry spokeswoman, Zalina Mourtazalieva, told Tass.

Two police officers and a woman were among the wounded, according to Shuvalov.

Moscow's Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church describes the shooting as a "monstrous crime", it is meant to create conflict between the Christian and Muslim populace in Dagestan.

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A Kurd spokesman said the agreement is strictly military with no wider political arrangements, according to Deutsche Welle. Bozdag said "this offensive will continue with determination until the last terrorist is rendered ineffective".

The terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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

It was not immediately known who was behind the attack.

In 2015, IS declared it had established a "franchise" in the North Caucasus.

Vladimir Vasilyev, the acting head of Daghestan, was quoted by the Russian news agency Interfax as saying that the attacker sought to divide the multiethnic region, but did not succeed. "A bearded man ran towards the church shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) and killed four people", the priest said.

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