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.
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by Florian Flade
Aftermath of today´s bomb explosion at Domodedovo Airport, Moscow
Once again Russia was struck today by the forces of terrorism from the North Caucasus. This time Moscow´s International Airport Domodedovo was the target, hit by one or possibly even multiple explosions in the late afternoon hours. According to various news reports at least 31 people died and 130 others were injured when a suspected suicide bomber blew himself up inside the aiport.
Domodedovo has been closed, all flights canceled and airplanes diverted to other Moscow airports. The Moscow transport system including the underground which was the target of Islamist terrorists in the past are on high alert right now.
Russia´s President Dimitri Medwedew said on State TV those responsible for today´s terror attack will be hunted down and punished.
Latest reports from Russia suggest North Caucasian networks are suspected of being the masterminds of the explosion at the airport today. Detail information is very rare at this point. Some reports say the bomb went of near the Asian Café in a lounge area of the aiport. Other media outlets are quoting witnesses as saying at least two explosions happened near the custom´s area or even the luggage claim.
The area were the alleged terror attack happened is frequented by passengers from Ukraine, Egypt, Germany, the UK, Greece, Belgium and Cuba. It is unconfirmed if there are foreigners among the casualties.
In October 2010 two female suicide bombers struck Moscow´s underground system, killing dozens. Both women were from the North Caucasus, widows of Jihadi rebels belonging to the „Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus“ network led by Dokku Umarov. Recently the Umarov network struggled from an internal fight about leadership position named a „fitna“ by colleague Aaron Zelin in his report.
Even with the internal fights between different regional commanders of the „Islamic Emirate“, the terror group remains a potent and lethal enemy to Russia itself and its allies in the Caucasus. In 2009 Dokku Umarov re-established the „Riyad us-Salihin – Brigade“, a special unit responsible for suicide bombing. This martyrdom-seeker´s unit carried out several attacks in the Caucasus Republics of Chechnya, Dagestan, Ossetia and Kabardino-Balkaria and is actively recruiting men and women from the local population.
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