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At least six people killed after gunmen open fire on synagogue in Russia

Six police officers have been killed and 12 have been wounded after gunmen opened fire at a synagogue, an Orthodox church and a police post in Russia’s North Caucasus region of Dagestan.

The Russian Interior Ministry said thirteen people were wounded in the attacks, which took place in the cities of Derbent and Makhachkala this evening (23 June).

An Orthodox priest has also reported to have been killed in the atacks.

According to reports, one officer was killed when shots were fired at a synagogue in Derbent, home to an ancient Jewish community in the North Caucasus.

Another exchange of shots took place at a police post in Makhachkala, about 125 kilometres (75 miles) to the north along the Caspian Sea coast and the main city in Dagestan, a mainly Moslem region in southern Russia.

An exchange of fire also took place in an Orthodox Church in the town, a UNESCO heritage site.

The interior ministry said in a statement one police officer was shot dead and another was injured after the gunmen opened fire on the synagogue, adding: “Unidentified people fired at a synagogue and a church with automatic weapons.

Following the attack at the synagogue attack the building was on fire and the attackers fled in a car, Russian news agencies said.

Fighting has also been reported on the streets of Makhachkala. (Reporting by Reuters Editing by Bill Berkrot and Susan Fenton)

This breaking news story is being updated.

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