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Tatarstan Elects New Mufti

The newly elected chief mufti of Tatarstan, Kamil hazrat Samigullin, takes over after his predecessor was wounded in a bomb attack.
KAZAN, Russia -- Kamil Samigullin has been unanimously elected the new mufti of Tatarstan at a congress of Islamic clerics in Kazan.

Samigullin, 28, has been acting mufti, the religious leader of Tatarstan's Muslims, since March 2013, when Mufti Ildus Faizov resigned due to health problems.

Faizov was wounded in a bombing in July 2012.

His aide, Valilulla Yakupov, was shot dead in a separate attack the same day.

Samigullin has studied in religious schools in Tatarstan, in Daghestan, and in Turkey.

In his first speech, the new mufti thanked the president of Tatarstan, Rustem Minnikhanov, and all Muslims for their trust and support.