The killer escaped from the hotel 2 minutes before the arrival of an assault team of Turkish special services. In haste he left in a room the murder weapon, binoculars and night vision video camera, ammunition, documents, clothing, report KC sources with reference to Turkish media outlets.
The police did not give the name of hotel where the killers was hiding, but it is know that it is located near Istanbul's Sultanahmet district.
From unofficial sources it became known that the name of the murderer is A.Zharkov, 55 years old. Police did not rule out that it was this man who killed Dokku Umarov's representative in Turkey, Musa Atayev, in February 2009.
The killer entered Turkey with a Russian passport on September 2, 2011. After 2 days, on 4 September, killer and his two assistants have rented a car (sources say it was a black Mercedes). The identity of one of the killer's accomplices, the driver, has been established.
Time of renting of the car was ended on the day of the murder on September 16, 2011.
Turkish security services possess, besides to killer's gun and ammunition, photographs and video proving that this person committed the murder of three Chechens on Friday September 16, 2011 in Istanbul's Zeytinburnu district.
According to sources, the main target of the killer was Berg-Khazh Musayev, a close associate of Emir Dokku Abu Usman.
Sources in Turkey reported that the investigation into the murder and the search for the killer and his accomplices are being conducted by three power structures - MIT (Turkish main secret service), criminal police and anti-terror police.
During the preliminary investigation it was established the travel routes of the killer and his accomplices, a place where they were and possible spots of operational monitoring of future victims, including in the district of "Chechen Committee".
Security services seized data from all cameras and using them confirmed the identity of the murderer, who was pictured in the archival records.
It should be noted that the murder of three Chechen in Istanbul aroused great public attention in Turkey. The government has been harshly criticized from human rights organizations which accused the government of Turkey for failing to provide security of Caucasus refugees in the country.
In turn, representatives of the Caucasus and the Chechen diaspora have already stated that if the Turkish authorities could not ensure their safety, they should give people the opportunity to defend their lives and allow to have weapons.
Department of Monitoring