Surveillance footage of the assassination of the Uzbek religious leader Abdullah Bukhari on December 10 in Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul, Turkey is now in the wild.
As director of the Ihsan Ilim Services and Assistance Foundation, Bukhari was about to enter the Foundation building before he was approached from behind by a man who then shot him at close range.
Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News quoted a witness, saying the 38-year-old Bukhari had been threatened by Russian and Uzbek intelligence agencies over the past three months and Turkish police were aware of the threats.
After reviewing the footage, Istanbul anti-terror teams seized a 27-year-old suspect, who is identified only by the initials Z.M. He is a Russian national from Chechnya.
According to Worldbulletin.net
, the plot to assassinate Bukhari was conceived three months ago, and included plans to kill three other religious leaders as well, including Uzbek People’s Movement Leader Muhammad Salih, his son Timur Salih, Kyrgyz scholar Resat Kari.
Bukhari died in hospital on December 10th and his funeral was held two days after.
As a representative for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Bukhari had voiced strong opposition to the Uzbek regime. He insisted on continuing Although he was under the eye of Uzbek intelligence, this Uzbek dissident carried on his teacher’s path by teaching Quran to his students.
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