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Afghan Prez Ghani expresses grief over death of Nepalis

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KATHMANDU — President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Tuesday expressed his grief over the demise of innocent Nepalis who were killed in Monday’s suicide attack in Kabul.

President Ghani also wished fast recovery of those injured in the attack said they were given priority in treatment while talking with President Bidhya Devi Bhandari over telephone on Tuesday evening, according to a statement issued by assistant Spokesperson at the Office of the President Dhruba Raj Acharya.

Acharya stated that President Bhandari thanked President Ghani for his concern and said she believed the Afghan government would arrange for the security of Nepalis living there.

President Bhandari also said Nepal condemns all forms of terrorist acts and is with Afghanistan in its fight against terrorism.

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5 dead as gunman attacks churchgoers in Russia

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At least five people were killed and another five were injured when a gunman attacked a crowd of people leaving a church on Sunday in Russia’s southern province of Dagestan, Russian news agencies reported.

The attack occurred in the village of Kizlyar in the Muslim-majority republic of Dagestan.

Russian news agencies said the attack occurred as churchgoers celebrated Maslenitsa, a Christian holiday marking the last day before Lent according to the eastern Orthodox calendar.

CCTV footage from the site of the deadly shooting shows a man armed with a rifle gunning down two women in broad daylight.

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A bearded man clad in a black vest and camouflage pants was seen crossing the street before opening fire on two female churchgoers as they left a service in Kizlyar in the Republic of Dagestan on Sunday afternoon. A woman walking several meters from the attacker was seen rushing away as the bloodshed unfolded.

The attacker was identified as a 22-year-old man local to the region, the TASS news agency said, citing the investigative committee.

He was shot and killed by security services who were on duty nearby, TASS said, adding that a hunting rifle, bullets and a knife were discovered on his person.

Initial reports suggested all five victims were women, TASS said, citing the local branch of the interior ministry.

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