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Behind the walls: Qolşärif mosque in Tatarstan
Behind the walls: Qolşärif mosque in Tatarstan
Emil Pain

MOSCOW - Just this past August, there have been three attacks on Muslims in a small region of Dagestan - two attacks on Imams and one attack on a Shiite mosque.

The attack on the mosque was the first attack on Shiites in the Northern Caucasus. It appears that the fight between Sunnis and Shiites, which is so common in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, is coming to the North Caucasus. The Salafists, who are gaining power in the region, do not recognize the division of Islam into the two branches, nor do they recognize different religious schools of thought. It is likely that they are behind both the organization and the execution of the attacks.

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