An armed, masked, and black-clad vigilante group, claiming to be "anti-Wahhabi" and calling themselves the "Black Hawks," appeared in the province of Kabardino-Balkaria (KBR), threatening to kill Islamic extremists. (Wahhabism is the hard-line sect of Islam adopted by jihadists who use Islam to justify terrorism.) According to Foreign Policy magazine: "It is unclear yet how serious the Black Hawks are about their threats and whether they have the wherewithal to carry them out. But the very fact that such a group has announced itself poses the threat of a widening civil conflict, where neighbor attacks neighbor on the base of rumor and fear."
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