Gunmen Attack Russian Orthodox Church in Chechnya, Killing 3

Four gunmen killed two policemen and a churchgoer as they attacked a Russian Orthodox church during a worship service Saturday before being shot dead by police in the mostly Muslim Russian republic of Chechnya.

The gunmen came with a plan to storm the Archangel Michael Church in the provincial capital of Grozny, and take people hostage, according to RadioFreeEurope, which reported that the attackers also carried axes and Molotov cocktails, but they could not break in.

The gunmen chanted “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is Great” in Arabic, while attacking, according to the church priest, Father Sergiy.

The priest said the church promptly shut the doors and prevented the gunmen from entering in.

Police shot them dead, according to The Washington Post.

The attack has caused a major concern as Russia will host soccer’s World Cup next month, during which the Egyptian national team will set up its training base in Chechnya.

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Source: Christian Post