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Latest Dokka Umarov Items
Doku Umarov, a Chechen warlord who had threatened to attack the Sochi Olympics and claimed responsibility for some of Russia's deadliest terror attacks in recent years, was reported dead on Tuesday by the Islamic militant group he led. One of Russia's most wanted men, he was 49.
The "Russian bin Laden" is dead, if reports by a website dedicated to Islamic news in the North Caucasus is correct.
While Vladimir Putin and rich Olympic sponsors watch the Winter Games in gleaming arenas, boys in nearby Bolshoi Kichmai herd their goats by tying them to rickety bicycles, riding against the wind through a rocky valley where invading Russian armies slaughtered their ancestors 150 years ago.
Two suicide bombings targeting Russian civilians just weeks from the opening of Winter Olympics have renewed fears that a Chechen terrorist known as the "Russian bin Laden" may be bent on committing or inspiring more attacks on so-called soft targets, and possibly major international sporting events.
At least 14 people were killed and scores were wounded Sunday by a female suicide bomber at a railway station in southern Russia, officials said, heightening concern about terrorism ahead of February's Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
A suicide bombing by an Islamic militant in southern Russia this week has raised the specter of terrorist attacks during the Winter Olympics in February in Sochi, a Black Sea resort about 400 miles south of the bomb attack.
A top Chechen rebel leader, Doku Umarov, has called for Islamist radicals in Russia's North Caucasus to attack the Winter Olympic Games being held in Sochi in February.
Russian agents have foiled terror attack plans on the Black Sea resort of Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, authorities said Thursday, blaming Chechen separatists and neighboring Georgia of jointly masterminding the plans.
Security forces have uncovered a plot to assassinate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and have arrested suspects linked to a Chechen rebel leader known for other terror attacks, Russian state television reported Monday.