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World|justice & crime|July 4, 2023 / 10:36 AM
Citizen of Tajikistan who opened fire at Chisinau airport dies of injuries

AKIPRESS.COM - Citizen of Tajikistan Rustam Ashurov, who opened fire at the airport in Chisinau, died of injuries received during detention, the General Police Inspectorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Moldova reports on Telegram.

According to Deutsche Welle, Ashurov received 10 bullet wounds during the arrest. Part of his lung was removed at the hospital. The man died without regaining consciousness.

Ashurov flew to Chisinau from Turkey, trying to find shelter after he took part in the kidnapping of first deputy chairman of Orienbank Shukhrat Ismatulloev in Dushanbe by an organized crime group, according to local police. The abduction took place on June 23. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan announced a reward of $30,000 for information that will help find the abductee, but this has not brought results so far.

The shooting at the airport began after passport control officials denied the man entry into Moldova. It was decided to escort the foreigner to a sterile zone to formalize his return to the country of departure, but he grabbed a gun from a guard and started shooting.

Two people were fatally injured, including members of the border police and airport security. One passenger was also injured. The man tried to barricade himself in one of the airport premises with hostages, but was wounded and detained. President Maia Sandu declared July 4 a day of national mourning in memory of the deceased.

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