Three churches were set ablaze on Monday in Russia’s mainly Muslim North Caucasus region where Moscow is trying to tame a spreading Islamist insurgency.

Two Russian Orthodox churches and one Baptist Church were set alight in the predominantly Muslim province of Karachayevo-Cherkessia, Russian news agencies said, adding no one was hurt in the attacks.

“An unknown group of people set fire to the Russian Orthodox church in the village of Ordzhonikidze, it is practically completely burned,” Interfax reported, citing Kazim Baybanov, a spokesman for the local ministry of interior affairs.

Vandalism of churches is rare in Russia’s mainly Muslim North Caucasus, where Christian communities live amongst Muslims.

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