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Explosion injures 3 at gurdwara in western Germany

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BERLIN — German police say three people have been injured in an apparently deliberate explosion at a Sikh temple in the western city of Essen.

A spokesperson for Essen police told The Associated Press that a a masked person is reported to have fled the scene shortly after the blast at 7 p.m. Saturday (1700 GMT).

Lindemann says police are working on the assumption that the explosion was caused deliberately but that there are no indications it was a terrorist incident.

He says the temple had hosted a wedding earlier in the day and those injured are believed to have been among the guests.

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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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