Police in Ingushetia have established the identity of the suicide bomber, who blew himself up at a funeral ceremony for a slain policeman in the village of Sagopshi in the republic's Malgobek district, a spokesman for the republic Interior Ministry told Interfax. "Updated reports indicate that the suicide bomb attack was carried out by Khamzat Aldiyev, a 34 year-old resident of the Sunzha district, who was on a wanted list as a suspected militant," the spokesman said.
The remains will be put under laboratory tests to confirm then the suicide bomber's identity officially. Preliminary identification was based on photographs and other characteristic details.
The terror attack had been organized by a criminal armed group led by Artur Getagazhev, also on a wanted list on suspicion of involvement in terror attacks in Ingushetia. Reports said earlier that a bomb was set off in the village of Sagopshi when a funeral ceremony was being held for a slain policeman. The bomb was equivalent to 10 kilograms of TNT, according to experts. Eight people were killed and 15 others injured in the blast, updated reports indicate. Severely injured victims will be airlifted to Moscow on Monday.
Three-day mourning has been declared in Ingushetia for the eight victims of Sunday's terror attack in the village of Sagopshi, the Ingush president's press service has reported.
"President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov has tightened security in Ingushetia and cancelled all entertainment events," a presidential spokesman said. A president-chaired meeting of the national anti-terrorism committee was held on Sunday. "Information available to us indicates that Saturday's attack on a policeman, who died of the wounds, had been plotted specially to stage a terror attack at the funeral ceremony. It was carried out by a suicide bomber. The militants' attack demonstrated that even the Uraza-Bayram holiday cannot stop them. There is nothing sacred in their hearts. What they did is a blasphemy," Yevkurov said, according to the spokesman.
Yevkurov also announced that the relatives of each slain policeman will be provided with 100,000 rubles in compensation payments. The injured victims will each get 50,000 rubles. The Russian Interior Ministry will make compensation payouts, too.
The Ingush president ordered all required medical attention to be given to the injured victims and those wounded severely to be moved to the best Russian clinics. Yevkurov, accompanied by Mufti Issa-khadji Khamkhoyev, visited the villages of Verkhniye Achaluki and Sagopshi to attend the funerals of the slain policemen. He expressed condolences to their families and pledged to support them.
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