A jihadist website is releasing news reports that Russia’s most wanted man, Doku Umarov, is being reported as dead but Russia has yet to officially confirm the feared Islamist warlord has actually been taken out. The feared Islamist warlord had made threats against the Sochi Olympics. Similar reports of his death had been met with much skepticism.
However this report is being looked at as being more trust worthy because it has come from his sympathizers at the Kavkaz Center, which has been called the de facto mouthpiece for Islamist insurgents who are fighting inside of Russia.
The news report did not go into detail about when or how Umarov supposedly died but it does correspond with a YouTube video release that was posted by a man who calls himself Ali Abu Muhammed. This man is saying he is Umarov’s replacement. In the report, Umarov was called a “martyr” who had given over 20 years of his life to the Jihad. In the past, the group had used the martyr line for people who were both killed and also who had passed away of natural causes, so it is unknown if Umarov died serenely or if he was murdered.
A Chechen leader also broadcast the exact same report on his well-known social media feed. If Umarov’s demise is established by the Russian security agency, this would be looked at as a key success story for Vladimir Putin as he attempts to eradicate the Islamist rebellion in the North Caucasus.
The prior Chechen dissident had attempted to unite numerous militant groups located in Chechnya, Dagestan and other Caucasus provinces under his guidance. The Caucasus Territory has taken responsibility for a chain of fatal attacks over the last couple of years, including a bombing in 2011 at a Moscow airport that ended up killing almost 40 people, and a couple of 2010 suicide bombings which occurred in a subway in Moscow Metro, which also killed around 40 individuals. It is also believed he was behind the 2009 bombing of a train that was on its way from Moscow to St Petersburg that ended up with over 25 dead.
The rebel wanted his followers to use maximum force to upset the Winter Olympics which were held in Sochi in February. However there were no attacks that took place. However Umarov’s group was commonly believed to have been behind both of the December blasts which happened in the transportation area of Volgograd. That was seen as a main gateway to Sochi and they ended up killing over 30 people.
Over the past few years, the Russian establishment had announced his killing numerous times but he would then record video statements only a few days after his alleged killing by the Russian forces to show them they were wrong.
A jihadist website is releasing news reports that Russia’s most wanted man, Doku Umarov, is being reported as dead but Russia has yet to officially confirm the feared Islamist warlord has actually been taken out. The feared Islamist warlord had made threats against the Sochi Olympics. Similar reports of his death had been met with much skepticism
By Kimberly Ruble