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On Sunday 18 February a local Islamic jihadi attacked Christians as they emerged from Kizlyar’s Russian Orthodox church.

They had been ushering in Lent when the gunman approached, cried “Allahu Akbar” and opened fire. To keep the gunman outside, believers barricaded the church door while police shot the gunman dead.

Four Christian women were killed instantly; a fifth died later in hospital. Four others were wounded. Islamic State claimed responsibility.

More than 3400 Chechen and Dagestani Muslims have travelled to Syria for jihad; an estimated 400 have returned. The attack comes in the wake of an intervention from Moscow aimed at ending clan-based systemic corruption. One analyst likened Dagestan to ‘a disturbed anthill’. A new administration has been installed; tensions are boiling.

Source: Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin

  • Pray the Lord will pour out His grace on the church, to bring comfort and peace to those who grieve and are fearful.
  • Ask the Lord to grant His favour to the authorities and lead them well as they seek to end corruption and protect the people.
  • Pray this tragedy will not be in vain, ask the Lord to use this recent violence to strengthen the church and draw people to Himself.