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Russia: Tatar investigators look for two suspects in cleric attacks

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 6 August 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russia: Tatar investigators look for two suspects in cleric attacks, 6 August 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/502505051e.html [accessed 22 September 2014]
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August 06, 2012

Officials from Russia's Investigative Committee in the republic of Tatarstan have said that authorities are looking for two local citizens allegedly involved in a July attack against two Islamic clerics.

The officials said that Robert Valeyev, 35, and Rais Mingaleyev, 36, could be among individuals who appear on a video in which a group of masked men took responsibility for the attack.

The video started circulating on the Internet on July 19, right after Tatarstan's Mufti Ildus Faizov was injured in a car bombing and his former deputy Valiulla Yakupov was shot dead near his house.

In a second video posted on the Internet on August 4 an Islamic militant who called himself "Muhammad – the leader of Mujahidins of Tatarstan," took responsibility for the attacks.

Tatarstan's investigators say the two videos were added to the investigation files.

Based on reporting by Interfax and Regnum

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