UN chief condemns attacks on synagogues and churches in Russia's Dagestan

UN chief condemns attacks on synagogues and churches in Russia's Dagestan
UN chief condemns attacks on synagogues and churches in Russia's Dagestan

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned "in the strongest terms" the weekend attacks on a series of churches and synagogues in the Russian republic of Dagestan that killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens more.

"The Secretary-General conveys his condolences to the families of the victims and the people and government of the Russian Federation and wishes the injured a speedy recovery," Stephane Dujarric, Guterres' spokesman, said in a statement.

Sunday's attacks targeted a police checkpoint in Makhachkala, the administrative capital of Dagestan, as well as two churches and a synagogue in the Caspian Sea city of Derbent. The two cities are located about 128 kilometers (79.5 miles) from each other.

At least one priest was killed in the attacks, as well as 15 police officers. Three days of mourning have been announced in the Russian region of the North Caucasus.

In the early 2000s, Dagestan saw almost daily attacks on police and other authorities.

"Now Russia is different, society is absolutely consolidated, and such criminal terrorist manifestations, as we saw in Dagestan, are not supported by society," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

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