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Uzbekistan's Chief Imam Wounded In Attack

TASHKENT -- Uzbekistan's chief imam, Anvar qori Tursunov, has been hospitalized in serious but stable condition after being stabbed at least three times late on August 1, RFE/RL's Uzbek Service reports.

Uzbek authorities are still trying to determine who attacked Nazarov and why.

Tursunov is the spiritual leader of Uzbekistan's Muslims, and in the 18 years since independence from the Soviet Union, there has never been any attack on, or threat against a chief imam in Uzbekistan.