Court Arrests Suspect Over Kazan Mufti Bombing

Court on Saturday arrested one of the six men suspected of attempting to murder the Mufti of Tatarstan in Kazan and shooting his former deputy, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the courtroom.

The Mufti, Ildus Faizov, on Thursday suffered a leg injury in a car bomb blast. Earlier that day, Valiulla Yakupov, a high-ranking member of the spiritual directorate of the republic and head of its education department, was shot dead at his home.

The first four suspects were detained on Thursday. One more suspect was detained on Friday. The sixth suspect – Marat Kudakayev was detained on Saturday, later in the day court ordered that he be arrested.

The man was born in 1975, he hails from Russia’s Bashkir republic. He earlier headed Tatarstan’s Spiritual Board of Muslims department of relations with security agencies. Kudakayev was dismissed two years ago after Mufti Faizov came to power. Kudakayev told investigators that he never had any conflicts with the mufti.


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