31 Oct 2012

Cleric killed on way to morning prayers

12:04 pm on 31 October 2012

Gunmen in the Russian North Caucasus region of Dagestan have shot dead an Islamic cleric on his way to morning prayers.

Two male relatives of the imam were also killed in the incident at about 6.30am on Tuesday, near the town of Derbent, close to the Caspian Sea.

Kalimulla Ibragimov, 49, is said to have delivered sermons calling for peace.

He was at least the fifth Muslim leader killed this year in Dagestan.

The BBC reports the killers escaped.