Jihadi Shooting Rampage at Russian Tourist Attraction, One dead, 11 Wounded

ByPamela Geller on December 30, 2015
29 Comments

New Year’s celebration Islamic style.

“Jihadi Shooting Rampage Kills 1, Wounds 11 at Russian Tourist Attraction,” by John Hayward, Breitbart, December 30, 2015
Two gunmen opened fire on a group of twenty tourists at the Russian Naryn-Kala fortress in Dagestan on Tuesday night, killing one and wounding 11 more.

“The dead man has been identified as a 26-year-old border police, as local authorities say they believe the shooting to be a terrorist attack by Islamist insurgents,” reports the UK Daily Mail.

The “local authorities” who portrayed the shooting as a jihad attack include the Head of the Republic of Dagestan, Ramazan Abdulatipov. (That is his actual title – he was appointed to the post by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2013.)

“This is most likely a trick by some remaining bandit groups or militants who have survived and seek vengeance for the peace and tranquillity in which Derbent residents live,” said Abdulatipov, referring to the city where the Naryn-Kala fortress is located. “We celebrated the 2,000th anniversary of Derbent town and this gave the people hope for living in peace. But apparently there are still people who are annoyed by this stability.”

Although the fortress was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 and is described as a popular tourist attraction for people from across Russia, the tour group attacked on Tuesday was reportedly composed of locals. They were standing on a terrace, taking in the spectacular view, when the two gunmen fired an estimated 70 shots at them from a nearby forest, then fled the scene in a black Lada Priora car.

The Daily Mail notes that “gun and bomb attacks are common in Dagestan, a mostly-Muslim internal republic in Russia’s troubled North Caucasus region,” where “Moscow has been fighting Islamist insurgents” since the 1990s.

While the Daily Mail says attacks on tourists are considered unusual, recreational travel to Dagestan has long been discouraged due to safety concerns. In 2011, the BBC dubbed it “the most dangerous place in Europe.”

The New York Times reports that Russia’s Investigative Committee–roughly equivalent to the FBI–believes Dagestan has been “a focus of recruiting by the Islamic State.”

The Times notes that many Islamist insurgent leaders in Dagestan have switched their loyalty from al-Qaeda to ISIS over the past year, sending hundreds of recruits to fight in the Middle East. The prospective return of these militants as trained and battle-tested jihad fighters poses a major security problem for Russia, especially since the Islamic State has been calling for attacks to punish Russia for intervening in the Syrian civil war.

AFP adds that al-Qaeda’s operation in Syria, the Nusra Front, has also called upon jihadis in the Caucasus to wage attacks in Russia.

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  • JoGoDant

    Religion of peace strikes again.

  • James Hansen

    I would have guessed that was a gun-free zone. /s

    • Angel Warrior

      Why would you think that? Russian civilians are well armed. I haven’t heard of any gun free zones in Russia actually…..

      • StanS

        You should do research BEFORE making statements.
        Guns were banned throughout Russia until 13 months ago.
        It never stopped their murder rates.
        http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/russia-legalises-guns-self-defence-murder-rates-among-highest-world-1475681

        • Angel Warrior

          StanS…..
          There is a difference between what you post and what I post…..you get all your information from the internet ( and from the UK) ……I get mine from Russia and from the top 4 Intelligence agencies……
          So before you go spouting off that I am wrong….get in touch with some folks that actually know first hand what is going on in Russia! Do not rely on the internet for all your facts!!

  • Mahou Shoujo

    There will be no phoney work place violence foolishness or history of mental instability, the Russians will call it the terrorist murder that it is, and hunt the animals down that did it, the result will be considerable savings for the local tax payers as there will be no prolonged court case. Carrion birds will facilitate the disposal of the carcasses.

    • Well Done

      I wonder how long it will take our numbskull bureaucrats and politicians in the West to stop treating any Jihad-related perp like criminals. The’re not criminals, they’re warriors for Islam, a tradition that goes back 1,400 years.

      • Mahou Shoujo

        No matter what name they go under, they are mercenary colonists invited by insane socialists into civilized nations to destroy them from within, then impose slavery on the conquered to facilitate the suicidal and murderous insanity of islam. It must be stopped, and returned to the gutters from where it came.

    • Lowgan

      “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.”

      ― Confucius

      Wisdom however seems at most to represent a peculiarity among our ruling elites. It along with other charming antiquities from days of yore such as “common sense” and a love of life, have been supplanted by magical thinking and suicidal apathy.

      • Mahou Shoujo

        Wisdom consists of learning something every day, enlightenment is disposing of something every day.

        • Iamnumber6

          So if I understand this, wisdom is learning muslims are a hate filled group who rape, slaughter, murder, torture, and engage in pedophilia. Now that I am wise, I am supposed to dispose of them?

          • Mahou Shoujo

            That is one way of looking at it. Sometimes the aesthetics of enlightenment do not correlate with the reality it comes from. The next question is, does one leave the issue behind oneself as unworthy of acceptance? Or reject and dispose of the cause of the unworthy issue?

          • Darrell Standing

            http://loopcam-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com/files/71188/original/0018.gif

            … but … but … but … Islam is peaceful … right !!!

            (How Islam would like us to view them !!!)

          • Mahou Shoujo

            Islam is dizzy, to the point that it thinks the rest of the world wants to be just like them.

          • Darrell Standing

            http://youtu.be/2Og2cf4PHDk

            A long long time ago even I briefly bought into the peaceful Sufi myth … and then I grew up and saw them for the delusional Thuggees that they resemble … the video shows the true face of Sufism!!! Can’t you just picture then leaving there hyped up and ready to slaughter infidels ???

          • Mahou Shoujo

            For the longest time I thought the sufi, like the Ismailis and a few other muslin sects were reasonable and somewhat tolerant. Starting to think, the only tolerant muslims are isolated individuals who are managing to maintain their individual decency, despite social pressure. Group hypnosis like this is good, it will install a sense of invincibility that, when proven false, will be too late. Still like some of the music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn though.

          • Darrell Standing

            http://shoebat.com/2014/08/19/demonic-turkish-iranian-alliance-just-begun-land-antichrist/

            I still find the music and dance interesting … still enjoy the parables of Nasrudin … still would happily mow them down with an M-60 !!! 😎

          • Mahou Shoujo

            There are a few things from islam that are sort of acceptable, strangling them with their own entrail’s would also be on that list.

          • Darrell Standing

            I always thought a garrote woven from Muslim and pig entrails would be perfect !!! 😎

          • Mahou Shoujo

            That it would, terrorists should be buried in shrouds made of pig skin, in hog feed lots/cemeteries, to save valuable real estate.

          • Angel Warrior

            Let’s take a page out of Vlad the Impaler’s book! A sharp stick stuck up through the bottom and comes out the top…..
            Vlad knew how to fight the Ottoman Empire…..use their superstitions against them!

    • Angel Warrior

      I agree Mahou! Putin will not let this stand as is…he will make sure they are taught their lesson to play nice if they want to breathe!
      Putin may decide to transport the carcasses out to sea to feed the fishes! That way there is not even a morsel of flesh for the Jihadi’s to martyr! Putin will say he doesn’t know where they are, if asked…perhaps they went to join ISIS in the ME!

      • Mahou Shoujo

        Like a premier of Alberta in Canada once said, “shoot, shovel and shut up” good advice for dealing with terrorists.

        • Angel Warrior

          Yep…too bad we now have a bunch of liars and pussies governing Alberta!

          • Mahou Shoujo

            As I mumble from under the bag over my head, “Albertan’s got the government they voted for” the only good thing is there will never be another socialist government in Alberta again.

  • knight

    Russia should finish what it started with Circassions Muslim expulsion. Remove the invading Muslims.

    Most of the dead died because of Turkeys bad organisation and quality of boats.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russo-Circassian_War

  • ToxicThistle

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Time to hunt down the Moslem scum and destroy.

  • Mr Paul Middleton

    Dagestan Islamics again, the same Dagestan that’s notorious for what’s arguably the worst video nasty on the open internet – “The Dagestan Beheading Massacre.”
    Go to it Putin!