Police released surveillance photos Friday of a man suspected in the brutal stabbing death of a prominent Muslim cleric in Moscow earlier this week.
The images show a man wearing a black baseball cap, gray hooded sweatshirt and a black jacket, stroll up to the counter of a supermarket on Tuesday, shortly before Metin Mekhtiyev was stabbed to death by a group of people nearby.
Investigators have said they believe the motive for the attack was robbery, as the killers made off with the 33-year-old Mekhtiyev's expensive Vertu mobile phone and cash, but his supporters said they suspected the fatal assault was racially motivated.
Meanwhile, thousands of mourners brought traffic to a standstill near Prospect Mira on Friday for Mekhtiyev's funeral.
Mekhtiyev was a well-known figure at Moscow's Islamic Cultural Center.