Top Muslim cleric shot dead in volatile Caucasus: Official

Unknown gunmen shot dead mufti, Anas Pshikhachev, in Kabardino-Balkaria.

Moscow: The top Muslim cleric was shot dead on Wednesday by unidentified assailants in Russia`s volatile region of Kabardino-Balkaria, an official said.

Anas Pshikhachev, the region`s top mufti, received several gunshot wounds and died of his injuries on the spot in the town of Nalchik, a spokeswoman for the regional investigators said.

She declined further details, saying only that investigators went to inspect the scene.
Kabardino-Balkaria, which is famed for its ski resorts, is located near the volatile regions of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia, where the authorities are battling a Muslim insurgency.