- Religious Leader Killed in Dagestan Blast
- Two Muslim clerics injured in another Dagestan attack
- Another village imam killed in volatile North Caucasus
- Russian imam killed outside village mosque in Dagestan
The four masked assailants also killed another man and set the mosque on fire, before fleeing the scene in a stolen car.
The imam, Magomedkamil Gamzatov, was well-known for his rejection of "any form of violence and openly condemned the extremist insurgency," the National Anti-Terror Committee said in a statement.
Dagestan, next to volatile Chechnya in the North Caucasus, sees frequent attacks blamed by Moscow on Islamic militants. Security forces are searching for the assailants.