by Florian Flade
A bloody battle must have taken place in a village in Ingushetia on March 28 when Russian special forces started an operation to hunt down the masterminds of the January 24 suicide bombing at Moscow´s Airport. At least 17 Islamist rebels and several Russian soldiers were killed during the night combat operation.
New agencies quoted Russian counter-terrorism officials as saying there were some indications the most wanted terrorist in Russia, Dokku Umarov, head of the „Islamic Caucasus Emirate“, was one of the fatalities in the military raid. „Russia´s Bin Laden Killed“, several news outlets around the world reported. Yet, Umarov´s death was not officially confirmed.
Now the „Islamic Caucasus Emirate“ has released a statement announcing the „martyrdom“ of its Deputy Commander Abu Supyan and denying the killing of Dokku Umarov. Abu Supyan was a Jihadi militant active in the Caucasus since November 16 1994, according to the terrorist group. He allegedly was a „experienced teacher, scout and commander“ and „trained hundreds of young Mujahidin in warfare, Islam and Jihad“. In the 1990s he served on the frontline of the Grozny battles, leading fighters in combat against Russian forces.
The now killed Deputy Commander of the Caucasian Jihadis was a very close companion of Dokku Umarov. Another very close aid, his personal doctor, Yusup Buzurtanov, was killed too in the March 28 military operation. „A bag with medical supplies, including syringes and vials with insulin was found near Buzurtanov’s body“, according to Russian media reports. This indicated rumors, Umarov suffers from diabetes.
Seems like Russia´s enemy No.1, Dokku Umarov, is still at large. Recently, he warned Russia to expect a year of terror.