Turkey's MIT probes Russian involvement in Chechen murders
Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MIT) has launched a probe
into the murders of three Chechen leaders which occurred in the last six
months in Istanbul, Vatan daily reported on Sunday. MIT suspects Russian
involvement in the incidents.
Chechen commander Ali Osaev's murder on Friday night has alarmed the
Turkish intelligence service, the daily said.
Osaev was assassinated in front of his house in the Zeytinburnu district
of Istanbul. Osaev was very close to Dukka Umarov who was called as
"head of state" by Chechen insurgents, Sabah daily said.
Both MIT and police think his murder may be related with the previous ones.
Chechen Colonel Gazi Edilsultanov was shot dead in Istanbul's Basaksehir
district last September while commander Islam Canibekov was killed in
the Umraniye district last December.
MIT, which believes the three were killed by Russians, was briefed on
Saturday by a newly formed police investigation unit about the killings
of the Chechens, Vatan said.
All three victims were killed with MSP Groza pistol in front of their
houses, developed for KGB, Sabah reported.
Federal Security Service (FSB), main successor to the Soviet KGB, has
been carrying out operations against the leaders of Chechen resistance
who are living abroad.