Kizlyar church shooting

On February 18, 2018, a 22-year-old man local to the Russia’s southern province of Dagestan carrying a knife and a double-barreled shotgun opened fire on a crowd at an Orthodox church in Kizlyar, killing five women and injuring several other people, including two police and two critically hurt.[2] He was shot and killed by police on duty nearby.

Kizlyar church shooting
Part of Terrorism in Russia, Insurgency in the North Caucasus
LocationKizlyar, Dagestan, Russia
DateFebruary 18, 2018
Attack type
Deaths6 (including the shooter)
Perpetrator Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
AssailantKhalil Khalilov

The attack occurred as churchgoers celebrated the Sunday of Forgiveness, the last day of Cheesefare week, a Christian holiday marking the last day before Lent according to the eastern Orthodox calendar.[3]

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) named the man Khalil al-Dagestani, one of its soldiers. Police named him Khalil Khalilov.[4] Pro-ISIL social media later shared a video of a masked man with a shotgun and knife, said to be the killer, pledging his allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.[2]


  1. "Опубликован список погибших и пострадавших в результате стрельбы в Кизляре". Feb 18, 2018. Retrieved Oct 26, 2019.
  2. Kramer, Andrew E.; Callimachi, Rukmini (18 February 2018). "ISIS Claims Deadly Attack on Church in Russian Region of Dagestan". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  3. "Five killed in attack on church in Russia's Dagestan: agencies". Reuters. 18 February 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  4. "Russia Dagestan shooting: Five women killed in attack on churchgoers". BBC News. 19 February 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.

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