Three Chechens - Berg-Khazh Musayev, Rustam Altemirov and Zaurbek Amriyev (martyrs, Insha'Allah) - were killed on Friday at 03:30 pm in Istanbul's district of Zeytinburnu.
All three were killed by a hitman with a silenced pistol after Friday prayers at a time when they wanted to get into their car, parked on the side of the road.
According to eyewitnesses, the killer was alone. He was waiting for them. Seizing the moment, the killer approached the Chechens from behind and fired at Rustam Altemirov and Zaurbek Amriyev.
Berg-Khazh Musayev managed to evade a third shot. The killer missed, but with the second shot he wounded Musayev and with the third, on the head, he killed him.
He then made control shots on the heads of Altemirov and Amriyev. After that, the killer got into a black car (Mercedes), which was waiting for him, and left. After driving for several blocks, he abandoned the car.
As it turned out, the car was rented in the name of a Russian citizen with Russian name and surname. Two more Russians were with him.
The KC sources report that the Istanbul police believe the killer of the three Chechens is the same man who previously killed the former representative of Dokku Umarov abroad, Musa Atayev, in February 2009.
One of the Chechens killed on Friday, Berg-Khazh Musayev (Emir Khamzat), was a close associate of Emir of the Caucasus Emirate, Dokku Abu Usman. He came to Turkey about 1.5 years ago for a medical treatment, after he was injured during military actions in Chechnya. The two other young Chechens were also undergoing a medical treating in Turkey.
A Caucasian Refugees' Human Rights Center in Turkey, Imkander, held a press conference on Saturday, during which it directly accused Russian secret services of the killing of the three Chechens
Earlier in his statement, the Chairman of the Imkander Murat Ozer (see photo) said:
"The Russian state terror in Turkey continues to take lives of Chechens who have been subjected to violence and murders by Russia since 1991. Russia continues to slaughter those who found refuge in countries around the world.
There is no doubt that this is a continuation of a series of previous killings of Chechens, carried out by Russian intelligence services".
During a press conference, journalists were reminded that Russia killed the ex-president of the CRI, Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, in an act of terrorism, which was organized by the Russian embassy in Qatar un 2003.
In Austria, a group of hitmen, sent by Kadyrov, killed in 2009 Umar Israilov, who wanted to be a witness and accuser for horrendous, sadistic crimes, committed by Kadyrov in Chechnya, at the European Court for Human Rights in Strasburg.
At the press conference, the leaders of Imkander sharply criticized the Turkish government and noted that so far Turkish authorities had taken no effective action to protect the refugees from Chechnya and the Caucasus from Russian secret services.
"The Turkish government, which provided shelter and residence permits to those people, now murdered in the massacre, should immediately take appropriate steps and demand an answer from the Russian government, which stays behind the dastard murders", the Imkander statement says.
Department of Monitoring