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Officials in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus republic of Daghestan say an imam and another person have been shot dead in an attack on a mosque.

Officials said the attackers also set the mosque on fire in the attack shortly before midnight on June 28 in the settlement of Karamakhi, in the Buinaksk district.

According to a spokesman for the Daghestani Interior Ministry, several masked men broke into the mosque and opened fire at imam Magomedkamil Gamzatov and a visitor.

The spokesman said the attackers then set the mosque on fire and fled in a “stolen car.”

The fire was reportedly extinguished by local residents.

There was no immediate indication of who may have been responsible.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS

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