The Murder of a Sufi Leader

We have received recent reports of a Russian woman whose husband somehow persuaded her to commit suicide in the presence of a certain Sufi leader active in their community. Russian media quoted police as saying that Said Atsayev, a renowned Sufi Muslim spiritual leader popularly known as Shaykh Said Afandi al-Chirkawi, was killed in an attack when the woman entered his home disguised as his follower and detonated an explosive belt around her waist. The blast happened in the village of Chirkey in the southern republic, which borders Chechnya.

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