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Russian imam killed outside village mosque in Dagestan

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The imam of a village mosque in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan was shot dead on Tuesday morning, the Dagestani Interior Ministry said.

The imam of a village mosque in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan was shot dead on Tuesday morning, the Dagestani Interior Ministry said.

Kurbanov was found with gunshot wounds on Tuesday morning near the mosque.

"The incident occurred on Tuesday morning in the village of Mikheyevka in the Kizlyar district of Dagestan. Unidentified men shot the Imam of the village mosque," a spokesman said. "[Ashurulav] Kurbanov died from his wounds at the scene."

Religious leaders are frequently the victims of militant violence in Russia's North Caucasus. According to media reports, noted Russian Islamologist Roman Silantev said in December that around 50 moderate muftis have been killed for opposing Wahhabism.

MAKHACHKALA, June 14 (RIA Novosti)

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