: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Karimov buried in home city of Samarkand

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, the ruler of the country for the past quarter of a century, was buried in his home city of Samarkand on Saturday, September 3.

The mourning ceremony started at the Tilya-Kori Mosque on Registan Square on Saturday afternoon, Russian news agency RIA Novosti said.

Chairman of Uzbekistan Muslims Board mufti Usmonhon Alimov performed the funeral prayer Salat al-Janazah, during which several thousand men were present.

After that, Karimov`s body, wrapped in a 21-meter shroud according to the Muslim rite, was carried to the burial site at the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, where he was laid next to his parents.

Uzbekistan has been observing a three-day period of mourning in honor of the deceased president since September 3.

Karimov was pronounced dead officially on Friday, September 2, following a stroke he suffered a week before.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has expressed his condolences to the people of Uzbekistan, following the death of their president.


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