by Florian Flade
Did Dokku Umarov, the self-declared Emir of the Caucasus and most-wanted terrorist in Russia, think his latest message did not gain enough media attention or could be misunderstood? Only one day after a first propaganda video featuring Umarov was released on the Internet, a second tape appeared today – this time Umarov claimed directly responsibility for the suicide bombing at Moscow´s Domodedovo Airport on January 24.
On Saturday Umarov´s group, the „Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus“, had released a video featuring the Jihadi leader, a commander of the suicide-bomber unit (Riyad us-Salihin Brigade) of the group and a young man named „Saifullah“ who was sent to Moscow to carry out a „special operation“. Although the Saturday-video bared all the hallmarks of a „claim of responsibility“-tape, there was no clear mention of an upcoming suicide bombing in Moscow. The alleged bomber however was tasked to go to Russia to commit a attack. Russia should expect, Umarov said, „a year of blood and tears.“
Possibly Dokku Umarov alias „Abu Usman“ was not very satisfied with the media coverage of the first video tape featuring him and the Moscow suicide bomber. The rebel leader appeared today in a second tape in which he declares he had ordered the Moscow Airport bombing „and that such operations will undoubtedly continue in the future“. The Muslims of the Caucasus are at war with Russia, Umarov says, fighting for liberation and their dignity. Russia will be faced with new terror attacks in the future, Umarov warns in today´s tape. „40-60 brothers are ready to carry out such operations“, the Chechen Jihadi leader says, „These attacks will continue every week and every month.“
Russian police investigators said they have identified the suicide bomber which carried out the bloody bombing in January which left 36 people dead. The bomber suspect is most likely a 20 year-old man from North Caucasian Republic of Ingushetia who disappeared from his village some six months ago. From a look at the picture taken by police after the bombing, the face of the suicide bomber matches the one of „Saifullah“ seen in the Saturday video claim by the Caucasian Jihadis.