An imam serving in a rural area has been shot dead in Russia's volatile North Caucasus republic of Daghestan.
Daghestani police said on April 11 that two masked assailants shot Magomed Zakaryayev in the republic's Kizil-Yurt district overnight.
Zakaryayev died at the scene.
Investigators have not ruled out the possibility that the imam was killed by followers of extremist Islam.
Daghestan has been plagued by violence linked to Islamic extremism and organized crime for years.
Militants frequently target police, local officials, and moderate Muslims.
Based on reporting by RIA Novosti and ITAR-TASS