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Amina Okueva’s murder: No DNA traces on assault rifle, - police

The National Police rebukes the information spread by ministerial counselor Anton Herashchenko
12:17, 8 November 2017

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Ukrainian police forensics found no traces of DNA on the assault rifle that the law enforcers found in Kyiv region soon after the murder of Chechen volunteer Amina Okueva. Mykola Zhukovych, the head of PR Department of Ukraine’s National Police branch in Kyiv region said this as quoted by UNN news agency.     

‘There are no traces on the gun found in Vasylkiv district, about 1.5 kilometers from the crime scene,’ Zhukovych said. According to him, it is impossible to say for sure, whether this particular gun of caliber 5.45 mm was used in the assassination. ‘The ballistic expertise is underway. You see, we either find or seize various kinds of weaponry every day, so saying if this gun was actually used or not used in the crime would be too premature,’ the official concluded.

The police spokesman also rebuked the information that there were allegedly four attackers in this case. ‘The investigation does not possess that kind of information’, he said.

Earlier, Anton Herashchenko, the MP and the advisor to Ukraine’s interior minister reported that the police found the gun used in the attack on Amina Okueva and her husband Adam Osmaev. According to the official, the alleged killer left his DNA traces on the assault rifle.

As 112 International reported, Chechen volunteer Amina Okueva was murdered in Kyiv region on Monday evening. She and her husband Adam Osmaev were in the carm which stood at the railroad crossing, when the attackers opened fire. Osmaev was wounded in the leg, and Okuyeva perished. 

Amina Okueva was born in Odesa. She joined the Euromaidan movement, siding with protesters that toppled the pro-Russian government of Viktory Yanukovych. In 2014, she joined Kyiv-2, the Interior Ministry regiment, which fought against pro-Russian mercenaries in Donbas.

The couple of Okueva and Osmaev was assaulted before. On June 1, 2017, a killer pretending to be a journalist for Le Monde tried to murder Adam Osmaev and Amina Okueva. He was inside the car with the couple and opened fire. Then, Adam Osmaev was wounded, but his wife managed to fire at the attacker four times, due to which he was successfully detained. The killer turned out to be related to Ramzan Kadyrov, the incumbent pro-Kremlin president of Chechen Republic.

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