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Tatarstan police chief controls probe into attack on mufti

July 19, 2012, 18:36 UTC+3

The operational headquarters receives reports from people who have any information about these crimes

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MOSCOW, July 19 (Itar-Tass) — Interior Minister of Tatarstan Artem Khokhorin has taken under personal control the measures to track down the suspects in the assassination attempt on mufti of the Republic Ildus Faizov and murder of his former deputy, chief of the education department of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of the republic Valiulla Yakupov, a spokesman for the ministry told Itar-Tass.

“Operational headquarters are currently opened on the basis of the Tatarstan Interior Ministry that includes all the operational services of the republic, and a set of operational-search measures to identify and detain the suspected criminals is taken,” he said.

He noted that the operational headquarters also receives reports from people who have any information about these crimes.

“We appeal to all the eyewitnesses and potential witnesses, as well as all citizens to immediately report to police by telephone all the information relating to these crimes,” the press service stressed.

At about 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at the entrance to a house in Zarya Kazani Street an unidentified person fired several times at former deputy mufti of Tatarstan Valiulla Yakupov, 64, who died of gunshot wounds in his car.

After some time, a Toyota Land Cruiser car was exploded on Thursday morning in the yard of the house at 35, Chetayev Street in Kazan. Mufti of Tatarstan Ildus Faizov was inside the vehicle. The blast wave threw him out of the car. He was hospitalised with injuries of varying severity. He underwent a surgery in a city hospital.

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