Pastor Artur Suleimanov Killed in Dagestan

Zina and Artur Suleimanov were pastoring the Hosanna Church – the largest Pentecostal Church in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan (see the picture below).

Press agencies announced that yesterday, 15 July, Pastor Suleimanov was killed by two gunmen in Makhachkala, the Dagestani capital.

On Thursday evening, the priest of an evangelical Christian church in the Dagestani capital of Makhachkala was shot dead in the street by unknown assailants, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.

He said Artur Suleimanov was killed about 19:00 Moscow time and investigators were working to establish the details of the incident. (Source HERE.)

Here is also the ITAR-TASS news item on this crime:

MAKHACHKALA, July 15 (Itar-Tass) – An unknown gunman in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan has shot and killed the pastor of a Christian organization called Asana, Artur Suleimanov.

The crime took place near 5, Biybulatov Street in the regional capital Makhachkala, a spokesman for the press service of Dagestan’s Interior Ministry said.

“The gunmen shot Suleimanov in the head, supposedly from a handgun, and made a getaway,” the source said.

At the time of reporting, measures were being taken to establish the criminal’s identity.

Find HERE a more detailed announcement.

Dagestan is a 98% Muslim republic, member of the Russian federation, that is marred by corruption and terrorism.

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Russian security forces kill 2 militants in Dagestan

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23:48 15/07/2010
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Two militants killed were killed on Thursday in a special operation by security forces in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, a Federal Security Service (FSB) representative said.

“During a special operation in Khasavyurt two militants were killed,” the Dagestani FSB official said, identifying the dead men as Marid Tatayev, born in 1986, and Anzor Gajiyev, born in 1983.

He said they were both residents of Khasavyurt, where Tata ran one of the city’s markets.

“The special operation was conducted jointly by the FSB and the Interior Ministry of Dagestan. In its course two policemen received light wounds,” the spokesman said. “The active phase of the special operation is complete and investigators are working at the scene.”

He said security forces found a stock of weapons in the house, including several grenades, two rifles, two pistols and a large number of cartridges.

The FSB officer added that Tatayev was acquitted by a jury in 2009 over an attack on a police officer. He said Tatayev had been arrested in a hospital after being wounded in a shootout.

He added that two alleged accomplices in the December 2008 attack had been killed in a separate special operation.

Armed violence, including shootouts between law-enforcement officers and militants or criminal groups, is common in Russia’s North Caucasus republics.

On Thursday evening, the priest of an evangelical Christian church in the Dagestani capital of Makhachkala was shot dead in the street by unknown assailants, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.

He said Artur Suleimanov was killed about 19:00 Moscow time and investigators were working to establish the details of the incident.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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