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Daghestan's Interior Ministry says that a village imam has been shot dead by a gunman.

The ministry said on July 10 that Imam Magomed Makhdiyev was shot by an unidentified assailant in the Karamakhi village mosque during evening prayer late on July 9.

It is the second known murder of an imam in less than a month in Daghestan.

Meanwhile a school principal was killed early on July 9 in a different region of Daghestan.

Sidikullah Akhmedov, who worked in the Sovetskoye village school, died from wounds to the stomach.

An Islamist website JamaatShariat.com, affiliated to the Caucasus Emirate group, called Akhmedov an "adversary of Islam" who opposed the wearing of the hijab in school.

compiled from agency reports
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