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Native of Kyrgyzstan suspected of involvement in explosions in Magnitogorsk

A 29-year-old Husniddin Zainobiddinov, a native of Kyrgyzstan, was detained among other migrants after explosions in Magnitogorsk city. His wife Halimakhon Zainobiddinova told Ozodlik radio that her husband was tortured to force him to sign a confession.

Regional headquarters of the State Committee for National Security in the south of the country confirmed to 24.kg news agency that Husniddin Zainobiddinov was wanted internationally. He is charged with crimes under several articles of the Criminal Code of Kyrgyzstan, in particular, inciting ethnic hatred and organization of mass riots during the June events in 2010. According to some information, he lived in Bazar-Korgon district. Husniddin Zainobiddinov left the Kyrgyz Republic eight years ago.

He is in a pretrial detention center 2 of Magnitogorsk city. According to Russian media, he may be extradited to Kyrgyzstan.

Explosion in a residential building on Karl Marx Avenue in Magnitogorsk occurred early in the morning of December 31, 2018. As a result, 39 people were killed. According to the official version of the Investigative Committee, household gas exploded there.

In the evening of January 1, a minibus exploded on the square, as a result, three people were killed. According to the official version, it was an explosion of a gas cylinder, but according to local residents, not cylinders under the GAZelle, but something inside the vehicle, exploded.

Two weeks later, an Islamic State gang (the banned terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) claimed responsibility for both explosions.