The Mejlis of Crimean Tatars has offered its condolences to the families of the medics shot dead in Simferopol on September 26.

“The Mejlis of Crimean Tatars has notified its regional branches that any information leading to capture of an individual suspected of killing medics in Simferopol is to be made available to the law enforcement agencies,” says a statement issued by the Mejlis’ press service.

According to Nariman Jelyal, First Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis, the tragedy in Simferopol ‘is deliberately being used by some journalists and the so called experts to incite ethnic hatred in Crimea’. They are making a big issue of the suspect’s ‘non-Slavic nationality’, as well as his family ties, which has nothing to do with what has happened.

“I am calling on the law enforcement agencies to put a stop to the vicious practice of drawing public attention to the nationality of a crime perpetrator. Whenever a situation like this occurs, they tend to make all kinds of insinuations, look for connections and draw conclusions. If an individual does commit a crime, he is to be punished according to the law”, Jelyal said.

At about 4 p.m. on September 26, an armed man entered a hospital located in Sevastopolskaya Street in Simferopol and fired multiple shots at four members of the hospital’s personnel, fatally wounding two of them.

The suspect, identified as Bekir Nebiyev, 55, is currently being looked for by the police. Following the murder, a criminal case was initiated by the Investigation Committee of Crimea.

An investigation into the crime is currently ongoing. In the meantime, the Nebievs wrote an open letter to the families of the medics killed by Bekir Nebiyev, asking for their forgiveness and urging not to politicize the murder due to Bekir Nebiyev’s unstable mental condition.