Muslim cleric shot dead in Russia

A Muslim cleric is reported to have been shot dead by gunmen in Russia's southern spa town of Kislovodsk.

    Russia is experiencing a growth in its number of muslims

    The country's Interfax news agency quoted police as saying the assailants fled late on Monday after killing the imam of a mosque in the doorway of an apartment block where he lived.

    A police officer was also wounded when trying to stop two armed people in the street.

    Kislovodsk, like many parts of southern Russia, has a strong Russian nationalist Christian community which eyes with suspicion the growth of a Muslim population arriving from the impoverished Caucasus region.
       
    Ethnic tensions in many parts of Russia have become a cause of concern for authorities, alarmed by the increase in racist attacks.

    Analysts have said that by the year 2020, one in ten Russians could be Muslim.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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