Dagestan: Ramzan Kadyrov declares Doku Umarov dead as jihadists blow up restaurant

Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov declares Doku Umarov dead

But he has been dead before: “Umarov, a bearded fighter who has headed militants in Chechnya since 2006, has been the subject of numerous death reports in the past.”

130703-umarov-9a.photoblog600-thumb-500xauto-4385“Islamist rebel who threatened Olympics claimed dead,” from AFP, January 17 (thanks to JW):

Moscow: A Chechen rebel leader who vowed to disrupt the Sochi Winter Olympics is dead, Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov said on Friday although Russian security services did not confirm the claim.

Russia: Islamic jihadists wound nine with car bomb at restaurant in Dagestan


Even if Umarov is dead, the jihad against Russia over the Olympics continues. “Nine wounded by car bomb in Russia’s Dagestan,” from PTI, January 18 (thanks to JW):

Makhachkala: Police say nine people have been wounded in a bombing in Russia’s southern province of Dagestan.Fatima Ubaidatova, a spokeswoman for the local police in Dagestan, said unidentified attackers today fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a restaurant in the provincial capital, Makhachkala. No one was hurt, but when police arrived at the spot, a bomb placed in a car parked nearby went off. The explosion wounded nine people, including two police officers.

Dagestan has become the centre of an Islamist insurgency that has spread across the Caucasus region after two separatist wars in Chechnya. The shootings and bombings of police and other officials have become a daily occurrence in the region, which is located about 500 kilometres east of Sochi, the venue of the Winter Olympics.