Τρίτη, 27 Φεβρουαρίου 2018

Russia church shooting kills 5 after gunman opens fire on people leaving service

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Την Κυριακή της Τυρινής, 18 Φεβρ. 2018, πέντε γυναίκες δολοφονήθηκαν από ένοπλο σε ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία του ρωσικού Νταγκεστάν. Τα ονόματά τους Βέρα, Λιουντμίλα, Ναντέζντα, Ιρίνα και Βέρα (Vera, Lyudmila, Nadezhda, Irina, and Vera).
Το Νταγκεστάν είναι μια χώρα με ισχυρό μουσουλμανικό στοιχείο και, καθώς φαίνεται, συχνά γίνεται πεδίο συγκρούσεων. Στην περιοχή έχουν δολοφονηθεί και μουσουλμάνοι κληρικοί, αλλά και προτεστάντες. Σε αυτό το άρθρο για το νεομάρτυρα π. Δανιήλ Συσόεφ (προς το τέλος) θα δείτε κι άλλα, ενώ εκεί σκοτώθηκε από την αστυνομία και ένας ύποπτος για τη δολοφονία του π. Δανιήλ.
Ακριβώς δίπλα είναι η εύφλεκτη Τσετσενία, βασανισμένη περιοχή πολέμων και τόπος μαρτυρίου του αγίου Ευγενίου Ροντιόνωφ.
Άρα δεν είναι πλέον μόνον οι Κόπτες που δολοφονούνται στις εκκλησίες τους... Μάλλον πρέπει να πούμε ότι είμαστε τυχεροί, εδώ στην Ελλάδα, που δε διατρέχουμε αυτό τον κίνδυνο. Όλος ο κόσμος βέβαια είναι καζάνι που βράζει - ο Κύριος, ευχόμαστε, ας κατατάξει μετά των μαρτύρων (με τους μάρτυρες) τα θύματα αυτής της δολοφονικής επίθεσης, που πέθαναν για τη χριστιανική τους ιδιότητα.


Five women were killed and several others were injured after a gunman opened fire with a hunting rifle on people leaving a church service in Russia's Dagestan region on Sunday [February 18, 2018], Russian media outlets reported.
The shooting unfolded outside a church in Kizlyar, a town of about 50,000 people on the border with Chechnya. The Russian news agency TASS cited Svetlana Petrenko of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation as the source for the number of people killed and wounded. 
The Islamic State terror network claimed responsibility, according to its Amaq media agency. ISIS said the killer was a "soldier of the caliphate," a man known as Khalil al-Dagestani, The New York Times reported.
The gunman was shot dead by police responding to the scene, a law enforcement source told the Interfax news agency. According to Interfax, the gunman has been identified as a local man in his early 20s.
"People were leaving a church after an evening service when he opened gunfire at them," Shuvalov told TASS. Two police officers and a woman were among the wounded, according to Shuvalov. One woman later died at a hospital, a law enforcement source told RIA Novosti.
Russian television station REN-TV posted surveillance video showing the gunman walking with the gun along main streets of the city.
Russian news outlets also posted photos on social media of the alleged weapon used in the attack, in addition to a body in front of the church covered by a tarp.
Parishioners were at the church celebrating the end of the Russian festival of Maslenitsa, a holiday which marks the start of Lent for Russian Orthodox Christians, according to RT.


A witness to the shooting, Oksana, told RT the gunman targeted people as they were leaving the church, but many took cover inside the building.
“There were a lot of people there, moms with little children, elderly people. I believe God saved us, not allowing the man to get inside the church,” the woman told the news outlet.
Authorities have not yet disclosed what motivated the shooting, but the shooting took place in the region where Moscow has led two wars against separatists and radical religious groups since the 1991 Soviet collapse. The region has also seen a large number of people join ISIS, according to Reuters.
Dagestan is a predominantly Muslim region between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea. Following two separatist wars in neighboring Chechnya, an Islamist insurgency spread to Dagestan.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

They Forgave All and Were Martyred
The five women shot on Forgiveness Sunday were buried on the grounds of the church where the tragedy occurred

Orthodox Christianity

The funeral and burial service for the five women shot outside St. George Cathedral following the service of the Rite of Forgiveness on Sunday in the Dagestan Republic city of Kizlyar were celebrated yesterday, with thousands coming to bid farewell to the women who are already being considered martyrs, reports the site of the Diocese of Makhachkala.
The coffins with the bodies of the slain Vera, Lyudmila, Nadezhda, Irina, and Vera were brought to the cathedral, where the tragedy had occurred, the night before, and His Eminence Archbishop Varlaam of Makhachkala and Grozny served a litiya for the departed.
22-year-old Kizlyar resident Khalil Khalilov, yelling “Allahu Akhbar!” opened fire on parishioners as they left the cathedral on Sunday, having just forgiven one another for all their sins and offenses. Four of the women died on the spot, the fifth later dying in the hospital. Two other women were also injured, as well as two security guards—who are Moslems. Khalilov was shot by police when he tried to escape. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the shooting, although this is as yet unconfirmed.

More here.

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A Christian perspective on Islam 
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From Islam to Christianity: Saints in the Way to the Lihgt

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