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Death toll from Ecuador’s earthquake reaches 600

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QUITO — The loss of life from Ecuador’s devastating magnitude 7.8 quake has risen to 602 people, as as dozens of aftershocks shook cities and towns around the country, spooking residents but causing no further damage.

Last Saturday’s quake, the worst in nearly seven decades, injured 12,492 people and left 130 missing, emergency management authorities said in a bulletin.

Survivors were shaken again late on Thursday night when a powerful magnitude 6.0 quake struck off Ecuador’s coast around 100 kilometers north-north-west of Portoviejo and at a depth of 10 kilometers.

“When it started to shake last night we started to pray,” said Alex Bachon, 43, a construction worker repairing damage from the first quake at a hotel in Guayaquil.

“I have never seen anything like this, it’s been so bad.”

There were more than 70 aftershocks throughout Thursday night and Friday, the country’s geology institute reported.

There have been a total of 700 aftershocks since last Saturday’s quake.

The tremors will continue for several weeks, emergency management official Ricardo Penaherrera warned on Friday, and he called on Ecuadoreans to stay calm.

Survivors in the quake zone were receiving food, water and medicine from the Government and scores of foreign aid workers, though President Rafael Correa acknowledged that bad roads delayed aid to some communities.

With close to 7,000 buildings destroyed, more than 26,000 people were living in shelters. Some 14,000 security personnel were keeping order in quake-hit area, with only sporadic looting reported.

Officials say 113 survivors have been rescued from the rubble but hopes of finding more are slim.

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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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