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Mufti of Tatarstan wounded in terrorist act leaves hospital

July 24, 2012, 17:20 UTC+3

The car of the Mufti of Tatarstan was exploded in Kazan on Thursday morning

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KAZAN, July 24 (Itar-Tass) — Mufti of Tatarstan Ildus Faizov wounded in a terrorist act has been discharged from the hospital on Tuesday; the press service of the spiritual administration of the Muslims of Tatarstan reported that the Mufti's health has improved.

The car of the Mufti of Tatarstan, Ildus Khazrat Faizov, who heads the Spiritual Administration of the Muslims of Tatarstan, was exploded in Kazan on Thursday morning. Earlier on Thursday Valiulla Yakupov, who was the Mufti's deputy and headed the educational department of the Moslem administration, was shot dead in the entrance to his house. Six empty cartridge shells were found on the murder scene.The republican Interior Ministry told Itar-Tass on Thursday that the mufti's car was exploded and the mufti seriously wounded in the incident was rushed to a hospital.

As a result of the investigation into the double terrorist act a number of suspects have been detained. The suspects taken into custody include Head of a local Moslem parish Murat Galeyev, the 26-year-old Abdunozim Ataboyev - a citizen of Uzbekistan, Airat Shakirov -a resident of the Visokogorny district, Marat Kudakayev - former head of the Muslim spiritual department for relations with power structures, and other suspects.

On Monday the Kazan Vakhitovsky district court ordered arrest of the 30-year-old Rustam Kashapov, a local resident who worked for a food processing plant based in Kazan.

The suspects detained for involvement in the attempt on the Mufti's life include Artyom Kalashov - the 25-year-old Tatarstan's champion in weightlifting, and several other local residents.

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