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    At least six people were injured during an attack on believers in a Dagestani mosque on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid ul-Fitr, police said on late Saturday.

    MOSCOW, August 18 (RIA Novosti) – Eight people were injured during an attack on believers in a Dagestani mosque on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid ul-Fitr, medics said on Saturday.

    Two masked men carried out the shootout in the city of Khasavyurt, leaving unhindered after the shooting, police in the North Caucasus republic said in a statement.

    Eight people were hospitalized, two of them in intensive care, an employee of a local hospital told RIA Novosti. Police earlier put the number of victims at six.

    The attack took place at a Shiite mosque, the report said. Dagestan is a predominantly Sunni region, while many members of the local Islamic insurgency belong to the Wahhabi sect.

    Eid ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of fasting of Ramadan, is celebrated between Sunday and Tuesday this year.

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