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Russia claims Chechen militant leader Umarov 'neutralised'

Russia's security service confirmed Tuesday that Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov, whose Caucasus Emirate group claimed responsibility for a string of deadly attacks, had been "neutralised" after insurgents announced his death last month. The director of the FSB security service, Alexander Bortnikov, said that "the activities of the head of the Caucasus Emirate terrorist organisation, Umarov, have been neutralised". Bortnikov was speaking at a meeting of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee, which quoted him on its website without giving any further details.

North Caucasus rebel leader Umarov dead, replaced: website

By Alissa de Carbonnel MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's most wanted man, Doku Umarov, is dead and has been replaced as the leader of an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus, a website that sympathizes with the militants said on Tuesday. Umarov's forces have claimed responsibility for several deadly bombings, including in Moscow. His death has been reported several times by the Kremlin-backed leader of the Chechnya region, but never before by Umarov's sympathizers.

Chechen militant leader Doku Umarov is dead

Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov, whose Caucasus Emirate group claimed responsibility for a string of deadly attacks in Russia over the last years, has been killed, a pro-insurgency website said Tuesday. "The leadership of the Caucasus Emirate officially announces the martyrdom of Emir Dokku Abu Usman," the Kavkaz Center website said, using the Arabised nom-de-guerre of Umarov.

Rebel website says Chechen militant leader Doku Umarov is dead

Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov, whose Caucasus Emirate group claimed responsibility for a string of deadly attacks in Russia over the last years, has been killed, the pro-insurgency website Kavkaz Center said Tuesday. "The leadership of the Caucasus Emirate officially announces the martyrdom of Emir Dokku Abu Usman," it said, using the Arabised nom-de-guerre of Doku Umarov. It gave no details of how he was said to have been killed and there was no confirmation from the Russian authorities. sjw/ec

Islamist rebel who threatened Olympics claimed dead

A Chechen rebel leader who vowed to disrupt the Sochi Winter Olympics is dead, Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov said Friday although Russian security services did not confirm the claim. Doku Umarov, who styles himself the "Caucasus Emir", was killed in a security operation, Kadyrov said in a statement published Friday on the Chechen government's website. "We are 99.9 percent sure of this," Kadyrov said.

Security forces dismiss reports Russia's top militant is dead

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Chechnya's Moscow-backed leader said on Thursday he believed police had killed Russia's most wanted man Doku Umarov, who has called for attacks on the Winter Olympics, but security sources suggested Umarov is still alive. The death of Islamist leader Umarov would be a breakthrough for President Vladimir Putin in the fight against militants before next month's Games, on which the Kremlin chief has staked much of his political and personal reputation.

Islamist rebel vows 'maximum force' to stop Sochi Olympics

By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Islamist rebel leaders urged their fighters on Wednesday to use "maximum force" to prevent President Vladimir Putin staging the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. In an online video recorded in a forest, Doku Umarov said an order not to attack Russian targets outside the North Caucasus had been cancelled and likened holding the Games in the Black Sea city to performing "Satanic dances" on the graves of Muslims killed fighting Russian forces there in the 19th century.

Top Russian Islamist calls for attacks on Sochi Games

Russia's top Islamist leader Doku Umarov called in a video released on Wednesday for jihadists to stage attacks against a range of targets that include the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. "We know that on the bones of our ancestors, on the bones of many, many Muslims who died and are buried on our territory along the Black Sea, today they plan to stage the Olympic Games. We, as the Mujahedeen, must not allow this to happen by any means possible," Umarov said in a message posted on the kavkazcenter.com website.
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