29 Aug '12, 4pm

'Black Widow' assassinates moderate Muslim cleric in Russia's Caucasus - The Long War Journal via @sharethis

A "Black Widow" from the Islamic Caucasus Emirate, an al Qaeda-linked terror group operating in southern Russia, carried out yesterday's suicide attack in Dagestan that killed a moderate Sufi cleric and six other people. The attack is the third in two months against prominent Muslim clerics who were working to promote moderate versions of Islam in Russia. Sheikh Said Afandi, an influential Sufi cleric in Dagestan who had tens of thousands of followers, and six other people , including a young girl, were killed by a female bomber who entered his home under the guise of being a follower. The suicide bomber detonated her vest as Afandi was giving a sermon. The attack was carried out by a Russian woman named Aminat Kurbanova, a convert to Islam whose two previous husbands were "militants" and who was also currently married to "an Islamist militant," police told Reuters . Kurba...

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