An Islamist website issued the “sorrowful news” that Doku Umarov, the leader of the Chechen Islamists is dead.
Dead? Doku Umarov is reported to have been killed by Russian secret services. (Daily Mail)
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.
The Kavkaz Centre website issued an obituary, calling Umarov a martyr who had “given 20 years of his life to the Jihad.”
It did not say when or how he had died, but the simultaneous release of a video address by a militant introducing himself as Umarov’s replacement indicated it may have been some time ago.
The death of the veteran Chechen rebel, if confirmed, marks a success for President Vladimir Putin in his attempts to end the violent struggle against Russian rule.