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Gunman kills nun, parishioner in Russian cathedral

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSPolice officers evacuate children from a Moscow school on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. An armed teenager burst into his Moscow school on Monday and killed a teacher and policeman before being taken into custody, investigators said. None of the children who were in School No. 263 were hurt, said Karina Sabitova, a police spokeswoman at the scene. The student also wounded a second police officer who had responded to an alarm from the school, she said. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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    Police officers evacuate children from a Moscow school on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. An armed teenager burst into his Moscow school on Monday and killed a teacher and policeman before being taken into custody, investigators said. None of the children who were in School No. 263 were hurt, said Karina Sabitova, a police spokeswoman at the scene. The student also wounded a second police officer who had responded to an alarm from the school, she said. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

MOSCOW >> A gunman opened fire Sunday in a cathedral on Russia’s Sakhalin Island in the Pacific, killing a nun and a parishioner and wounding six others, investigators said.

Law enforcement officers detained the man, who worked as a security guard, and were trying to determine why he attacked the Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the federal Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Concerns about security in Russia are especially high because of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, but there was no apparent connection to the games. Sakhalin Island is about 7,500 kilometers (more than 4,500 miles) from Sochi.

The six parishioners who were wounded were hit in the legs and their lives were not in danger, state news agency RIA Novosti reported, citing the regional archbishop.

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