Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia expressed his sorrow and closeness to the families of the victims killed in yesterday’s attack on an Orthodox church in the Russian Republic of Dagestan which claimed the lives of five women. The attack took place in the town of Kizlyar on the eve of the Orthodox Lent. In a statement relayed by Interfax-Religion, Father Alexander Volkov, spokesperson for the Patriarch, said: “His Holiness Patriarch Kirill has been deeply shocked by today’s bloody events near a church in Kizlyar. He has offered his most sincere condolences to the relatives and loved ones of those who died at the killer’s hands and is praying for the repose of their souls”. ISIS has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s attack and the Patriarch spoke of a “monstrous crime”, stressing that this attack was carried out on the eve of the Great Lent as a “provocation aimed at causing discord between the Orthodox and the Muslims who have been living in peace in the Caucasus for centuries”. The Russian Orthodox Church expresses its deep concern about the incident and calls for an investigation into this crime.