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By Dilfruz Nabiyeva
DUSHANBE – Tajikistan’s president joined the list of officials who have condemned the Moscow airport terror attack.
“Tajikistan has learned with profound indignation and severe condemnation of the monstrous deed … from which peaceful people, including Tajik citizens, suffered,” Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon said in a telegramme to Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev. “This event again proves the need for effective co-operation in order to effectively resist this global evil and eradicate the conditions that enable the spread of terrorism.”
The suicide bombing might have been the work of Stavropol Krai resident Vitalii Razdobudko, who had converted to Islam and had joined the Nogaisk Dzhamaat (ND), Russian media reported. He is among nearly 10 suspects whom Russian police are seeking, RIA Novosti reported.
ND is part of Dagestan Vilayat – a terrorist group of north Caucasus militants. Most of the recent terrorist bombings in Russia have been linked to Caucasus-based Islamic extremist groups.
A member of ND blew herself up in Moscow’s Kuzminsk Park December 31, 2010. She was plotting a suicide bombing on Manezhnaya Square, where many had gathered to celebrate the New Year, according to officials. However, the bomb went off early, killing only her and injuring no one.
Two Tajik citizens were killed and 20 others were wounded in the January 24 suicide bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport. Overall, more than 120 were wounded and 35 died.
The bodies of slain Tajiks Murat Khaknazarov, 23, and Sobir Dzhabbarov, 48, arrived in Tajikistan January 27.
Khaknazarov's father and uncle met his coffin at Dushanbe International Airport.
“After 11 years of school, he lived with us another year. Then he said, ‘That's it, Dad, I'm going to Russia to work,’” said Khodoinazar Khaknazarov, Murat’s father. “I tried so hard to dissuade him, and asked him, ‘Why do you need to go? Stay here and work.’”
The 20 injured Tajiks are receiving treatment in Moscow's hospitals. One, Salim Silmanov, is in critical condition.
Tajik public opinion generally shares the view that terrorists have no religion or nation and that if a Muslim commits a terrorist act, he cannot call himself a Muslim, since Islam condemns any such act.
“What happened at Domodedovo is a crime against humanity,” said Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan Chairman Mukhiddin Kabiri. “This is not jihad or a struggle for religion. It’s possible that it was the work of ethnic Muslims, but if it is, then they aren't true Muslims. Islam and the Koran prohibit any violence, especially the murder of peaceful and innocent citizens.”
Kabiri condemned the act regardless of the terrorists’ background and urged others to do so, too.
On January 24, Murat Khaknazarov had gone to the airport to meet a Dushanbe-Moscow flight. The Tajik Air flight touched down in Moscow 40 minutes before the explosion.
“I had picked up my baggage and left the airport building when the explosion happened,” said passenger Rakhima Yusupova. “This was a tragic combination of circumstances. If there hadn't been fog, if the plane had landed on time, there wouldn't have been so many of our compatriots killed and injured.”
Today many different sects and movements exist in Islam, said People’s Democratic Party member Bakhtiyer Khamdamov, adding that they all interpret the Koran and Muslim canons differently. “There are sects that consider terror and murder their sacred duty.”
“These non-humans interpret the Koran in a distorted form and teach (that version) to the uneducated. They turn such people into cannon fodder. ‘Shakhid’ (martyr) means to present yourself as pure and unsullied to God. How can someone who killed innocent people call himself a martyr and take joy in the belief that his deeds will please the Almighty? Terror, especially as a means of suicide, is condemned in all religions.”
Imam-hatib Nazardavlat Raupov also condemned the airport bombing. He expressed certainty that no religion would justify such acts.
“To do such things in the name of Allah is the most terrible sin of all,” he said.
No religion accepts such acts, Saifullo Safarov, deputy director of the Tajik Strategic Research Centre, said. “But there are groups of people who use religion to achieve their goals, tying their own understanding of religion and of ways of fighting to that religion.”
After the Moscow bombing, authorities have stepped up security at Dushanbe International Airport, Tajik Interior Ministry spokesman Makhmadullo Asadulloyev said.
“Security has been tightened in the international terminal and around the planes,” he said. “We've also intensified security measures at railway stations and other strategic buildings in the capital.”