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Two dead in shooting in Russian Orthodox cathedral

Two dead in shooting in Russian Orthodox cathedral
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A shooting at a Russian Orthodox cathedral has left a nun and a churchgoer dead. Six other people were injured. It happened in Yuznho-Sakhalinsk on an island off Russia’s eastern coast.

The gunman was detained at the scene said officials adding that the suspect worked as a security guard in the city. There was no immediate motive behind the attack.

The cathedral is on the island of Sakhalin almost 8,000 kilometres from Sochi. Security forces are on high alert over possible attacks on the Winter Games.

Most of the people who were injured in the shooting – which happened in mid afternoon were shot in the leg and their lives were not in danger said the regional leader of the Russian Orthodox Church.

It’s been reported psychiatrists will try to determine the suspect’s mental state.