The chief imam of Tashkent, Anvar-qori Tursunov, was in intensive care in a city hospital after suffering multiple stab wounds during an attack.
Tursunov, a regular on Uzbek television and a possible contender for the post of chief mufti of Uzbekistan, was stabbed eight times by unknown assailants on August 1. He was reported to be in serious, but stable condition. Tursunov is an outspoken critic of radical groups, including Hizb-ut Tahrir.
An August 2 commentary posted on the opposition news site Uzmetronom.com suggested that the attack may not have a connection to extremist elements. "In [the opinion of our source] every religious leader in Uzbekistan has control over some particular territory [or] some sort of business. Sources suppose the reason for the attack was a conflict of a commercial nature," the report claimed.