Two men including the muezzin, who leads and recites the call to prayer, were found murdered in a mosque in Oued Sebaa in Sidi Bel Abbes Province, west of Algeria, on Monday, the fifth day of Ramadan.
The Algerian news agency quoted a security source as saying that Algerian security forces found two men, a muezzin, 64 years old, and a worshiper, 67 years old, killed in Khaled bin al-Walid mosque on Monday morning.
The two men died before dawn prayers, and an investigation is underway.
The crime deepens imams’ fears in Algeria that they may be attacked inside and outside mosques. It comes less than a week after they held a protest in the capital to demand security and protection after frequent attacks on them by extremists.