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The murder was committed on Monday morning in Dushanbe when Davlatbekov was heading for the home of his relatives whom he wanted to congratulate on New Year.

"Third-years students of Tajik National University Sharif Davlatov, Farrukh Samiyev and Firus Nazrulloyev have been detained in relation to Davlatbekov’s murder," the ministry report says.

The relatives of the killed and ministry sources say that Davlatbekov was murdered for religious motives as the murderers were shouting "Tu kofiri" ("You infidel") when they were beating him.

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