Imam and family shot dead in Russia’s Dagestan

An imam was shot dead along with two relatives as he drove to morning prayers in Russia’s restive Dagestan region of the North Caucasus on Tuesday, an interior ministry official said.

“Unidentified people opened fire on Kalimulla Ibragimov’s car when he and his two relatives were headed to a Derbent mosque for the morning prayer,” spokeswoman for the Dagestan interior ministry Fatina Ubaidatova told AFP.

Ibragimov was in the car with his brother and father when they were attacked in Caspian Sea city of Derbent, said Dagestan’s Investigative Committee, cited by the RIA Novosti news agency.

The Muslim region sees regular attacks that officials blame on militants seeking to establish an Islamic state across the Russian Caucasus.

Near daily shootings and blasts target police officials and attacks on religious leaders are increasingly frequent