In a statement dated August 22 and posted two days later on the insurgency website hunafa.com, the commanders explained that the aim of the suicide bombing was to kill Malgobek municipal police chief Mukhazhir Yevloyev, whom they described as “one of the worst enemies of Allah.”
They stressed that it is normal practice for Yevloyev and his subordinates to attend the funerals of fellow police officers killed.
That admission corroborates the Ingushetian authorities’ claim that Ilez Korigov was killed in order to lure Yevloyev to his funeral. But the statement also disclosed that Korigov had been the handler of Khadjimurad Gatagazhev, whom they identified as a “a secret agent of the infidels’ special services.”
The insurgent leadership claimed to have executed Gatagazhev on August 12. He was shot outside his home in Sagopshi by four masked men.
What the suicide bomber did not know, however, was that the entire Malgobek municipal police detachment had been deployed to hunt for the vehicle in which Korigov’s killer made his getaway, and the officers who showed up at his funeral were members of a border police detachment of which Korigov’s uncle Lamazan Korigov was a deputy commander.
The insurgent commanders stressed that the primary target of the suicide bombing was Yevloyev, and the bomber had orders not to proceed with the operation if Yevloyev did not show up at the funeral.
They speculated that the bomber mistook Ensign Khizir Fargiyev for Yevloyev.
Fargiyev, 39, seemingly recognized the bomber from a federal “wanted” list and intercepted him before he could approach the main body of mourners, according to his brother and fellow police officer Salambek Fargiyev, who survived the attack.
Apparently, Khizir Fargiyev greeted the bomber, walked up to him and embraced him; at that moment, the bomber detonated his explosives.