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A female suicide bomber dressed as a pilgrim killed Said Atsayev, a leading Sufi cleric, and at least five followers at the cleric's home in the village of Chirkey in Dagestan. President Vladimir Putin was in Tartarstan, seeking to prevent the spread of militant Islam.
Caucasus Emirate leader Doku Umarov named Rustam Asildarov a.k.a. Amir Abu Mukhammad to head the Dagestan branch of the insurgency. Asildarov replaces Ibragimkhalil Daudov a.k.a. Amir Salikh, who was killed six months ago. Between April and July, insurgents in Dagestan killed 43 members of security forces and wounded 106.
Russia said it is working closely with Syria to make sure the country's chemical weapons remain secure, and said Syria has promised not to move or use them. Russia said it will "restrain [Syria] in all ways possible" from using the weapons, but also warned the US to exert its influence to prevent the weapons from falling into the hands of terrorist elements known to be in the Syrian opposition, "particularly al Qaeda."
Seven policemen were killed in Ingushetia by a suicide bombing at the funeral of another policeman shot the day before. The explosion wounded 15 other people. In Dagestan, gunmen shot worshipers at a mosque who were celebrating the end of Ramadan, killing one and injuring seven. A bomb found at the mosque was deactivated.
A suicide bombing in the Chechen capital of Grozny killed at least three Russian soldiers as they exited their vehicle, and wounded several other people. Reports differed as to whether there were one or two suicide bombers.