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Imam killed in Russia after speaking out against militants

world Updated: Sep 30, 2007 04:16 IST

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Gunmen killed an imam on his way to morning prayers in a restive southern region on Sunday, a day after spoke out against Islamic extremists, police said.



Nurmagomed Gadzhimagomedov was shot by attackers in a car while walking from his home to his mosque in the Dagestani settlement of Gudben, district police chief Sergei Makukha said.



Dagestan, a mostly Muslim region east of Chechnya that is home to many ethnic groups, has been plagued by shootings, bombings and other violence, including regular attacks on top officials and police. Some of the violence has been linked to Islamic extremists and some was rooted in disputes between local criminal clans.



Gadzhimagomedov was a vocal critic of Islamic extremism who had spoken out against militants during a service at the mosque on Friday, Makukha said. He said the killing was "clearly a revenge attack" by Islamic militants.



In July, a deputy chief mufti at the central mosque in the provincial capital, Makhachkala, was killed, along with his driver, by a roadside bomb blast.