DHAKA: Five suspects have been detained by Russian authorities over attacks that wounded the top Islamic official in the mostly Muslim Tatarstan region, killed his deputy and raised fears of the spread of militancy to Russia`s heartland.
The federal Investigative Committee on Friday suggested that the attacks - in an area previously held up as a model of religious tolerance - were provoked by disputes over faith and money.
Tatarstan`s mufti, Ildis Faizov, was rushed to hospital after three powerful blasts hit his car in Tatarstan`s capital, Kazan, on Thursday.
A little earlier, deputy mufti Valiulla Yakupov was shot dead outside his home.
President Vladimir Putin and top security officials called at the weekly meeting of his Security Council for tough measures against extremism after the attacks.
Participants underscored the need to "step up opposition to all forms of extremism, including religious," state-run news agency RIA quoted Putin`s spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.
Fayzov`s car was blown up as he left a radio station in the city of Kazan, about 735km east of Moscow, the federal Investigative Committee said in a statement.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks. Tatarstan, in central Russia, has a large Muslim population.
BDST: 0845 HRS, July 21, 2012
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