Eight people shot, bomb exploded at Dagestan mosque

Other News Materials 19 August 2012 07:40 (UTC +04:00)

A bomb went off at a mosque in Russia's Dagestan, where earlier two unknown assailants opened fire wounding eight people, a spokesman for the local Interior Ministry said, RIA Novosti reported.

"Two explosive devices were discovered. One went off and another was demined," the spokesman said adding that there were people wounded in the blast but did not specify the number.

On Saturday night two masked men carried out the shootout at this mosque in the city of Khasavyurt on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid ul-Fitr. They left unhindered after the shooting.

The attack took place at a Shiite mosque. Dagestan is a predominantly Sunni region, while many members of the local Islamic insurgency belong to the Wahhabi sect.

Eid ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of fasting of Ramadan, is celebrated between Sunday and Tuesday this year.