Dagestan imam is latest moderate Muslim murder victim
BBC News / BBC News

Concern is growing for prominent moderate Muslims in Russia's Dagestan region after an imam was shot dead days after the killing of an academic.

Unidentified gunmen shot Ashurlav Kurbanov near his mosque in the northern village of Mikheyevka, investigators said.

Maksud Sadikov, rector of an Islamic college in the regional capital Makhachkala, was killed last week.

Attacks on moderate clerics have been blamed on Islamist separatists.

Two imams were also shot dead in April and between 13 and 50 Islamic religious leaders are said by observers to have been killed violently in the North Caucasus in recent years.

Sadikov had been rector of the Institute of Theology and International Relations since 2003

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