Russian security forces neutralize alleged militant Doku Umarov
In a secret operation conducted January 16, Russian forces infiltrated Umarov's strong hold in Chechnya where the Caucus Emirate allegedly plotted many of its deadly terrorist attacks. During the operation, Umarov and 13 members of his organization were killed. Additionally, 240 members of Caucus Emirate were detained during the operation, RBC.ru reports.
Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov said that up to nine terrorist attacks in Russia have been prevented as a result of the the security service's mission as military teams recovered plans for future acts of terrorism in Volgograd and Pyatigorsk, according to RBC.ru.
Russian officials mistakenly reported Umarov's death at a press conference on December 18. The top-secret January mission was organized shortly after proof that Umarov was still living surfaced.
Russian security officials first became aware of Umarov in 1996 when the Chechnya native was discovered to be one of the most powerful warlords engaged in parallel trafficking. By 2006, Umarov had been proclaimed "President of Ichkeria" by his terrorist network after he personally ordered the assassination of Abdul-Halim Saydullaeva. Umarov also claimed responsibility for the 2010 terrorist attack in the Moscow metro and the bombing of the Domodedovo airport later that year, according to RBC.ru.
Caucus Emirate has confirmed ties to terrorist leaders Aliaskhab Kebekov and Ali Abu Muhammad, both of whom currently remain on Russia's federal wanted list.
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