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5 Suspects Held in Tatarstan Attacks

Dumrt.ruTatarstan's Chief Mufti Ildus Faizov

Five suspects have been detained inconnection withattacks in Kazan last week ontwo ofTatarstan's most prominent Muslim leaders, officials said.

Law enforcement officials also announced that themotive in at least one attack appeared tobe related tothe business interests ofthe targeted cleric, Chief Mufti Ildus Faizov, as well as "ideological disagreements."

Faizov was severely injured by a bomb blast inside his SUV on Thursday.

Thirty minutes before thatattack, gunmen shot his former aide and prominent Muslim cleric Valiulla Yakupov as he was leaving his house.

He managed toreach his car, where he died fromhis injuries.

Working together, the Federal Security Service and police arrested the Muslim head ofthe Vakf parish, 39-year-old Kazan resident Murat Galeyev; 41-year-old Airat Shakirov, aresident ofTatarstan's Vysokogorsky district; Abdunozim Ataboyev, 26, an Uzbek native registered in Kazan; and a 36-year-old Kazan resident whose name was not disclosed.

The suspected mastermind of the attacks — the board chairman ofthe Idel-Hajj company, 57-year-old Rustem Gataullin — was also detained.

A Kazan court is scheduled to decide Monday whether to sanction his arrest.

One more man, Azat Gainutdinov, a 31-year-old resident of the republic's Laishevsky district, was detained Friday and later released for lack of evidence, theInvestigative Committee said ina statement posted onits website.

After Faizov was elected chief mufti ofTatarstan in2011, he took over management ofthe financial operations ofIdel-Hajj, which assists Muslims onpilgrimages toMecca, the statement said.

Faizov andGataullin came intoconflict over Faizov's role inthe firm, andGataullin threatened Faizov, thestatement said.

Gataullin also has links to radical Wahhabis, Kommersant reported.

Faizov andYakupov were seen as anti-Wahhabi, andTatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov onThursday indirectly blamed Islamic militants forthe attacks.

Investigators did not comment on howFaizov's business dealings might relate tothe attack onYakupov, whose funeral was held in Kazan on Friday.

Thursday's attacks represented thefirst major assault onMuslim leaders inRussia outside theNorth Caucasus, where astring ofmoderate religious clerics have been killed over thepast two years.

President Vladimir Putin said Friday that he had discussed the latest attacks with the chief of the Federal Security Service.

"Law enforcement will do its best to find, expose and punish the criminals. I don't doubt it," Putin said, Interfax reported.