Moscow, June 14 (PTI) The Imam of a village mosque in Russia”s volatile North Caucasus republic of Dagestan was shot dead today, as the region has witnessed stepped up attacks by terrorists on liberal Muslim leaders.

Imam Ashurulav Kurbanov of the Dagestani village of Mikheyevka in the Kizlyar district was shot dead by unknown assailants, near the mosque the Caucasian republic”s Interior Ministry said.

RIA Novosti noted that Islamic leaders are frequently fall victim to militant violence in Russia”s restive North Caucasus where since December last around 50 moderate muftis have been killed for opposing radical Wahhabism in the region.