VIDEO: Sheikh Abdullah Bukhari shot dead in Istandbul

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    Security camera footage showing the moment a prominent Uzbek scholar was killed in Istanbul.

    Sheikh Abdullah Bukhari is believed to have been assassinated on December 13 outside a religious institution where he delivered Islamic classes.

    The 38-year-old left Uzbekistan for Turkey in 2006 due to political persecution by Islam Karimov regime.

    He was fatally shot at point blank in daylight.

    Sheikh Bukhari had received numerous death threats due to his activism.

    The killer who was arrested by Turkish authorities is of Russian background.

    Hizb ut-Tahrir’s central media office issued the following statement on December 18:

    “During his meeting with Putin on 10/12/2014, the tyrant of Uzbekistan, Karimov, had requested help from his partner in crime Putin in the face of Islam, which deprive him of sleep. The very same day the Russian Intelligence Service in coordination with the Uzbek Intelligence Service carried out the assassination of Imam Abdullah Bukhari (38 years old) a martyr of the word of truth, in the city of Istanbul when he was about to enter the Headquarters of the Education Institute where he lectures on Shariah to his students. The Martyr Abdullah Bukhari had been forced to migrate from Uzbekistan because of his pursuit by the repressive forces of Karimov the dictator, threatening his life and his family, and despite receiving repeated death threats, he insisted on moving forward in his call to get rid of the tyranny of the dictator Karimov.

    Sheikh Abdullah Bukhari
    Sheikh Abdullah Bukhari

    This assassination crime comes within a long series of the crimes of the tyrant Karimov and his partner, Putin, who declared war on Islamic Dawah carriers not only in Russia and Central Asia, and even abroad. The Russian and Uzbek intelligence services have committed in 2009 and 2011, several assassinations in Turkey against activists calling for the demise of the Karimov’s tyranny, and assassinations against media personnel who expose his crimes. According to press reports, there is a list of activists opposed to Karimov targeted to be assassinated. In 1995, the Uzbek security services kidnapped Imam Abdul Wali Mirzayev in Tashkent airport. In August 2006, Imam Muhammad Rafeeq Kamalov was killed in Kyrgyzstan. In February 2012, the assassination attempt of Imam Abed Qari Nazarov took place in Sweden, and the last of those crimes was the assassination of Imam Abdullah Bukhari in Turkey.

    May Allah have mercy on the Imam Abdullah Bukhari and accept him in the footsteps of the martyrs of the call and may Allah grant him an abode with the prophets and the Sidiqeen and Martyrs and the righteous and those are the best of companion. We ask Allah to take revenge on the tyrant of Uzbekistan and his partner tyrant of Russia sooner rather than later”.

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