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Dagestan Explosion Kills Muslim Cleric, Bodyguard

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Russian police say an explosion has killed a Muslim cleric and his bodyguard in the southern province of Dagestan, in Russia's restive Caucasus region.

Authorities say the cleric, Gitinamohhamed Abudul Gapurov, was walking to prayer in the central town of Buinaksk Friday when a remote-controlled explosive device detonated.  

Islamist extremists are blamed for fueling violence in Dagestan and across the North Caucasus following two separatist battles in neighboring Chechnya.

The rebels are seeking to create a strict Islamic state.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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