A security guard received severe gunshot wounds after an armed terrorist made his way into a synagogue in central Moscow and threatened to set it on fire, local media reported.

The terrorist had a gun and a canister of gasoline with him, saying that he was going to burn the house of prayer, Life.ru reported.

The security guard was injured in an attempt to prevent the terrorist from entering the building, which belongs to the Moscow Choral Synagogue, according to Mediazona news outlet.

The guard was hospitalized in critical condition after the bullets hit him in the head and chest.

The terrorist was detained by the police.

He was identified as Ivan Lebedev (born in 1976) from the town of Korolev in the Moscow region, Mediazona said. His motives remain unclear.

A police source told Interfax that that the attack had a non-lethal gun on him. He was detained by the other guards of the synagogue, who handed him over to the authorities.

Saturday or Shabbat is a day of rest in Judaism, during which the believers are to visit the synagogue.

The Moscow Choral Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in Moscow. According to the synagogue’s website, it’s visited by around 500 people on a daily basis.

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