Why Turkey Wants to Invade the Greek Islands.

Turkish propagandists also have been twisting facts to try to portray Greece as the aggressor.

Although Turkey knows that the islands are legally and historically Greek, Turkish authorities want to occupy and Turkify them, presumably to further the campaign of annihilating the Greeks, as they did in Anatolia from 1914 to 1923 and after.

Any attack against Greece should be treated as an attack against the West.

There is one issue on which Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its main opposition, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), are in complete agreement: The conviction that the Greek islands are occupied Turkish territory and must be reconquered. So strong is this determination that the leaders of both parties have openly threatened to invade the Aegean.

The only conflict on this issue between the two parties is in competing to prove which is more powerful and patriotic, and which possesses the courage to carry out the threat against Greece. While the CHP is accusing President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s AKP party of enabling Greece to occupy Turkish lands, the AKP is attacking the CHP, Turkey’s founding party, for allowing Greece to take the islands through the 1924 Treaty of Lausanne, the 1932 Turkish-Italian Agreements, and the 1947 Paris Treaty, which recognized the islands of the Aegean as Greek territory.

In 2016, Erdoğan said that Turkey “gave away” the islands that “used to be ours” and are “within shouting distance.” “There are still our mosques, our shrines there,” he said, referring to the Ottoman occupation of the islands.

Two months earlier, at the “Conference on Turkey’s New Security Concept,” Erdoğan declared: “Lausanne… has never been a sacred text. Of course, we will discuss it and struggle to have a better one.” Subsequently, pro-government media outlets published maps and photos of the islands in the Aegean, calling them the territory that “Erdoğan says we gave away at Lausanne.”

To realize his ultimate goal of leaving behind a legacy that surpasses that of all other Turkish leaders, Erdoğan has set certain objectives for the year 2023, the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish Republic, and 2071, the 1,000thanniversary of the 1071 Battle of Manzikert, during which Muslim Turkic jihadists from Central Asia defeated Christian Greek Byzantine forces in the Armenian highland of the Byzantine Empire.

The idea behind these goals is to create nationalistic cohesion towards annexing more land to Turkey. To alter the borders of Turkey, however, Erdoğan must change or annul the Lausanne Treaty. Ironically, ahead of his two-day official visit to Greece in December — touted as a sign of a new era in Turkish-Greek relations — Erdogan told Greek journalists that the Lausanne Treaty is in need of an update. During his trip, the first official visit to Greece by a Turkish head of state in 65 years, Erdoğan repeated his mantra that the Lausanne Treaty must be revised.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that Turkey “gave away” Greek islands that “used to be ours” and are “within shouting distance”. “There are still our mosques, our shrines there,” he said, referring to the Ottoman occupation of the islands. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

The following month, Erdoğan targeted CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, again accusing the party that signed the Lausanne Treaty of giving away the islands during negotiations. “We will tell our nation about [this],” Erdoğan said. What this statement means is that Erdogan accepts that the islands legally belong to Greece. Yet, at the same time, he calls the Greek possession of the territory “an invasion” — apparently because the islands were once within the borders of the Ottoman Empire — and he now wants them back.

Meanwhile, the CHP has been equally aggressive in its rhetoric, with Kılıçdaroğlu telling the Turkish parliament that Greece has “occupied” 18 islands. When Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos was described as “uncomfortable” with this statement, CHP’s deputy leader for foreign affairs, Öztürk Yılmaz, responded, “Greece should not test our patience.” Yılmaz also reportedly stated that “Turkey is much more than its government,” and that any Greek minister who provokes Turkey, will be “hit with a sledgehammer on the head…If [Kammenos] looks at history, he will see many examples of that.”

History is, in fact, filled with examples of Turks carrying out murderous assaults against Anatolian Greeks. In one instance, the genocidal assault against Greek and Armenian Christians in Izmir in 1922 was highlighted in a speech before the parliament by Devlet Bahceli, the head of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP):

“If they [the Greeks] want to fall into the sea again — if they feel like being chased after again — they are welcome. The Turkish nation is ready and has the faith to do it again. Someone must explain to the Greek government what happened in 1921 and 1922. If there is no one to explain it to them, we know how to stick like a bullet on the Aegean, rain from the sky like a blessed victory, and teach history to the couriers of ahl al-salib [the people of the cross] all over again.”

Turkish propagandists also have been twisting facts to try to portray Greece as the aggressor. Ümit Yalım, former secretary-general of the Ministry of National Defense, for example, said that “Greece has turned the Greek-occupied islands into arsenals and military outposts that Greece will use in its future military intervention against Turkey.”

Turkish politicians all seem to have their own motivations for their obsession with the islands: Traditional Turkish expansionism, Turkification of Hellenic lands, neo-Ottomanism and Islam’s flagship of conquest — jihad. There are also strategic reasons for their wanting to invade the islands, which can be understood in a statement madeby Deputy Prime Minister Tuğrul Türkeş about Turkey’s control of Cyprus since 1974:

“There is this misinformation that Turkey is interested in Cyprus because there is a Turkish society there… Even if no Turks lived in Cyprus, Turkey would still have a Cyprus issue and it is impossible for Turkey to give up on that.”

The same attitude and mentality apply to the Aegean islands. Although Turkey knows that the islands are legally and historically Greek, Turkish authorities want to occupy and Turkify them, presumably to further the campaign of annihilating the Greeks, as they did in Anatoliafrom 1914 to 1923 and after. The destruction of any remnant of Greek culture that existed in Asia Minor, a Greek land prior to the 11th century Turkish invasion, is almost complete. There are fewer than 2,000 Greeks left in Turkey today.

Given that Turkey brutally invaded Cyprus in 1974, its current threats against Greece — from both ends of Turkey’s political spectrum — should not be taken lightly by the West. Greece is the birthplace of Western civilization. It borders the European Union. Any attack against Greece should be treated as an attack against the West. It is time for the West, which has remained silent in the face of Turkish atrocities, to stand up to Ankara.

The Church of Jerusalem and the Christian Nation Preaching the word of God.

Evensong, Psalm and Prayer.

By Senior Pastor Don Roy Hemingway.

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Pastor Don Roy. Gooooooooooooooooooooood Evening brethren, peace unto you and the grace of our lord Jesus be with you. May the Almighty God of hosts stay ever with you this evening and thank you, for joining us here at ‘The Church of Jerusalem and the Christian Nation’ for worship and praise. Let us begin as is our tradition every day here at the Nation, by reading from the word of God. Amen……

Evening Psalm.

Psalm 78. 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Give ear, O my people, to my law; incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,

which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.

We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord and His strength, and His wonderful works that He hath done.

For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded to our fathers, that they should make them known to their children;

that the generation to come might know them, even the children who should be born, who should arise and declare them to their children,

that they might set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments;

and so might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.

The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.

10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in His law;

11 they forgot His works and His wonders that He had shown them.

12 Marvelous things did He in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.

13 He divided the sea and caused them to pass through; and He made the waters to stand as a heap.

14 In the daytime also He led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.

15 He cleaved the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.

16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.

17 And they sinned yet more against Him by provoking the Most High in the wilderness.

18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking for meat for their lust.

19 Yea, they spoke against God: they said, “Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?

20 Behold, He smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also? Can He provide flesh for His people?”

21 Therefore the Lord heard this and was wroth; so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also rose up against Israel,

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22 because they believed not in God and trusted not in His salvation,

23 though He had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,

24 and had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.

25 Man ate angels’ food; He sent them meat to the full.

26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven, and by His power He brought in the south wind.

27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls as the sand of the sea.

28 And He let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations.

29 So they ate and were well filled, for He gave them their own desire.

30 But they were not estranged from their lust; but while their meat was yet in their mouths,

31 the wrath of God came upon them and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.

32 For all this, they sinned still and believed not in His wondrous works.

33 Therefore their days did He consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.

34 When He slew them, then they sought Him; and they returned and inquired early after God.

35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God, their redeemer.

36 Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth, and they lied unto Him with their tongues.

37 For their heart was not right with Him, neither were they steadfast in His covenant.

38 But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity and destroyed them not. Yea, many a time turned He His anger away, and did not stir up all His wrath;

39 for He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passeth away and cometh not again.

40 How oft did they provoke Him in the wilderness, and grieve Him in the desert!

41 Yea, they turned back and tested God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

42 They remembered not His hand, nor the day when He delivered them from the enemy,

43 how He had wrought His signs in Egypt and His wonders in the field of Zoan,

44 and had turned their rivers into blood, and their streams, that they could not drink.

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45 He sent divers sorts of flies among them which devoured them, and frogs which destroyed them.

46 He gave also their harvest unto the caterpillar, and their labor unto the locust.

47 He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycamore trees with frost.

48 He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.

49 He cast upon them the fierceness of His anger, wrath, indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.

50 He made a path to His anger; He spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence,

51 and smote all the firstborn in Egypt, the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham.

52 But He made His own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

53 And He led them on safely, so that they feared not; but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

54 And He brought them to the border of His sanctuary, even to this mountain, which His right hand had purchased.

55 He cast out the heathen also before them, and apportioned them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

56 Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God and kept not His testimonies,

57 but turned back and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers; they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.

58 For they provoked Him to anger with their high places, and loved Him to jealousy with their graven images.

59 When God heard this, He was wroth and greatly abhorred Israel,

60 so that He forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which He had placed among men,

61 and delivered His strength into captivity, and His glory into the enemy’s hand.

62 He gave His people over also unto the sword, and was wroth with His inheritance.

63 The fire consumed their young men, and their maidens were not given to marriage.

64 Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation.

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65 Then the Lord awakened as one out of sleep, like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.

66 And He smote His enemies in the hinder parts, and laid upon them a perpetual reproach.

67 Moreover He refused the tabernacle of Joseph and chose not the tribe of Ephraim,

68 but chose the tribe of Judah, the Mount Zion which He loved.

69 And He built His sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which He hath established for ever.

70 He also chose David His servant, and took him from the sheepfolds;

71 from following the ewes great with young He brought him to feed Jacob His people, and Israel His inheritance.

72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

Evening Prayer.

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O eternal God and Father,
you are not the God of the dead but of the living,
and all who put their trust in you,
who rest in their chambers under the earth,
live in you.
Be merciful to us, dear Father,
do not let us be afraid of the power and sting of death,
but keep us in the true faith in your dear Son,
who is the way, the truth, and the life.
Uphold us with your Holy Spirit, and give us a clear conscience,
that we may live our Christian lives, and finally fall asleep in peace and joy
when we leave this valley of tears, and rest in peace until you open our graves
and awaken us with the sound of the last trumpet; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Blessing.

Have a great day Brothers and Sisters of the CJCN, The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace, now and evermore, Amen.

 

 

 

The Church of Jerusalem and the Christian Nation Preaching the word of God.

The CJCN Daily Worship.

By Senior Pastor Don Roy Hemingway.

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Pastor Don Roy. Gooooooooooooooooooooood Morning brethren, peace unto you and the grace of our lord Jesus be with you. May the Almighty God of hosts stay ever with you this evening and thank you, for joining us here at ‘The Church of Jerusalem and the Christian Nation’ for worship and praise. Let us begin as is our tradition every day here at the Nation, by reading from the word of God. Amen……

Bible Reading.

2 Samuel 23. 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse, the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said:

“The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue.

The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me: ‘He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

And he shall be as the light of the morning when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds, as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.’

“Although my house be not so with God, yet He hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure; for this is all my salvation and all my desire, although He make it not to grow.

But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands;

but the man that shall touch them must be armed with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.”

These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite who sat in the chief seat among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite. He lifted up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.

And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David when they defied the Philistines who were there gathered together for battle, and the men of Israel had gone away.

10 He arose and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand cleaved unto the sword; and the Lord wrought a great victory that day, and the people returned after him only to despoil.

11 And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop where there was a piece of ground full of lentils; and the people fled from the Philistines.

12 But he stood in the midst of the ground and defended it, and slew the Philistines; and the Lord wrought a great victory.

13 And three of the thirty chief men went down, and came to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam; and the troop of the Philistines pitched camp in the Valley of Rephaim.

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14 And David was then in a stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.

15 And David longed, and said, “Oh that one would give me a drink of the water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!”

16 And the three mighty men broke through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David; nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the Lord.

17 And he said, “Be it far from me, O Lord, that I should do this. Is not this the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives?” Therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.

18 And Abishai the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief among three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred and slew them, and had the name among three.

19 Was he not most honorable of three? Therefore he was their captain; however he attained not unto the first three.

20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab. He went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow.

21 And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man; and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, but he went down to him with a staff and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and slew him with his own spear.

22 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada and had the name among three mighty men.

23 He was more honorable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard.

24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,

25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,

26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,

27 Abiezer the Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,

28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

29 Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,

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30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,

31 Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,

32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,

33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,

34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,

36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,

37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armorbearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah,

38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,

39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.

Bible Short Stories.

Verse of the Day.

For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. Psalm 57:10-11, NIV.

Daily Prayer.

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Dear Father in heaven, we thank you that you have always been gracious to us, revealing your great goodness and power in ages past and in the present. In this revelation we live, O Lord our God. You are the almighty One, who works wonders on earth and who rules the heavens so that we can be blessed and helped on our earthly paths. Let your goodness and your justice be revealed throughout all the world. Arise, O Lord our God. Let your light shine in us who believe in you. Let your light shine into the whole world. Let your name be glorified. You are indeed our Father, both in heaven and on earth. You give our lives security now and in eternity. Amen.

The CJCN Daily Lesson.

2 Samuel 23:1-7

(1) Now these are the last words of David.
Thus says David the son of Jesse;
Thus says the man raised up on high,
The anointed of the God of Jacob,
And the sweet psalmist of Israel: (2) “The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me,
And His word was on my tongue. (3) The God of Israel said,
The Rock of Israel spoke to me:
“He who rules over men must be just,
Ruling in the fear of God. (4) And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises,
A morning without clouds,
Like the tender grass springing out of the earth,
By clear shining after rain.” (5) ” Although my house is not so with God,
Yet He has made with me an everlasting covenant,
Ordered in all things and secure.
For this is all my salvation and all my desire;
Will He not make it increase? (6) But the sons of rebellion shall all be as thorns thrust away,
Because they cannot be taken with hands. (7) But the man who touches them
Must be armed with iron and the shaft of a spear,
And they shall be utterly burned with fire in their place.”

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Because of his zeal for Him and His Kingdom, God used David mightily as a prophet to flesh out many of those promises in his writings, the Psalms. In his last words, David refers to the fact that God had inspired him: “The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue” (II Samuel 23:2). We should not understand this to mean that God inspired him only in his last words but that the Holy Spirit was behind his entire contribution to the Old Testament, which was primarily the compositions we know as “psalms.”

Even so, his last words have struck commentators down through the ages as unmistakably prophetic and specifically Messianic in tone. Adam Clarke writes, “The words of this song contain a glorious prediction of Messiah’s kingdom and conquests, in highly poetic language.” Of II Samuel 23:1-7, the Keil and Delitzsch Commentary states:

[The chapter contains] the prophetic will and testament of the great king, unfolding the importance of his rule in relation to the sacred history of the future. . . . [T]hese “last words” contain the divine seal of all that he has sung and prophesied in several psalms concerning the eternal dominion of his seed, on the strength of the divine promise which he received through the prophet Nathan, that his throne should be established for ever. . . . These words are not merely a lyrical expansion of that promise, but a prophetic declaration uttered by David at the close of his life and by divine inspiration, concerning the true King of the kingdom of God.

A substantial number of his psalms are clearly prophetic, even some of those that seem, on the surface, to describe his own feelings of despair and abandonment during the low periods of his life. With just a slight shift in perspective, they can often be seen as describing Christ’s struggles to master His own human nature and trust in God for deliverance. In fact, if we bring a prophetic eye to the reading of many of David’s psalms, we can perceive their predictive nature.

Blessing.

Have a great day Brothers and Sisters of the CJCN, The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

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Muslim seminary students arrested in deadly Russian church mass shooting: Screaming ‘allahu akbar,’ five female churchgoers shot dead.

The slaughterers were devout Muslims,  Respect it you islamophobes!

VIDEO: shouting “allahu akbar,” jihadi opens fire outside Russian church, five female churchgoers murdered, others injured

Five women were shot dead in an Islamic attack on an Orthodox church while worshipers prayed.

DAGESTAN’S DEADLY CHURCH ATTACK: 3 ARRESTS MADE

Three people have been arrested in connection with the gun attack at a Russian Orthodox Church in Dagestan, World Watch Monitor (WWM) reported.

Five people died and five others were injured when a gunman targeted St George’s Church, Kizlyar, on February 18.

One of those who was arrested, Magometrasul Gadjiev, 19, studied at the same Muslim seminary as the attacker, Khalil Khalilov, according to the Russian TV channel Dodzd.

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ReutersSt George’s church in Kizlyar, Dagestan.

Khalilov was reportedly a resident of a village in Dagestan’s Tarumovsky district, just north of Kizlyar where the attack took place.

WWM noted that in October 2017, two militants from another village in the same district were killed by the authorities after they were overheard congratulating each other on killing one policeman and injuring another in the Kizlyar district.

According to WWM, there is speculation that Islamist extremists have a base in the Tarumovsky district, in which Kizlyar is the largest town, and use it to supply people with equipment to carry out attacks in nearby towns and villages.

Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack. After Khalilov was killed, a video was found on his phone in which he is seen sitting on the floor in a black mask and reading out an oath of allegiance to the Islamic State. In the video, he also mentions the name of the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. There is a gun and a knife near him and the IS flag is seen hanging on the wall.

Some political analysts have suggested the motive of the attack was to cause division in Kizlyar’s multinational population, taking into account the recent increase in Orthodoxy in the region and that churches are now being better cared for by the government, WWM reported.

Others say the attack could have been an attempt to dislodge Vladimir Vasiliev, the new Dagestani president.

A local source told WWM that one of the first victims of the attack was Irina Melkomova, a beggar at the church aged around 60. WWM reported that when she saw Khalilov shooting, she started screaming and beating him with her bags, trying not to let him into the church. She died but her actions reportedly gave time for those inside the church, around 30 people, to lock the church door, with a local priest later calling her a ‘hero’.

A deaconess of the church, Nadejda Terliyan, 45, who was the organiser of pilgrimages for church members, was another victim in the attack

Three police officers who were wounded as they shot Khalilov are still in the hospital, according to WWM.