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Kizlyar Central Mosque In Russia's Daghestan Destroyed By Fire

The central mosque in the city of Kizlyar in Russia's North Caucasus region of Daghestan has been destroyed by fire.

Deputy Chief of Daghestan's Emergency Ministry, Oleg Khalilov, told reporters in Daghestan's capital, Makhachkala, that nobody was hurt when the fire broke during morning Friday prayers on April 10.

According to Khalilov, the large two-storied building "has been almost completely burned down, despite the firefighters' arrival to the scene 4 minutes after receiving the call."

It is not clear at this point what caused the blaze.

Khalilov says that there are no indications of arson.

Daghestan is beset by violence linked to an Islamist insurgency rooted in two post-Soviet separatist wars in neighboring Chechnya as well as organized crime, business turf wars, political disputes, and clan rivalry.

Moderate Muslims, journalists, police and officials are regularly targeted in attacks.

Based on reporting by and Interfax