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    Chechen police gun down guerrilla leader Elmurzayev on Interpol most wanted list By UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL April 04, 2007 GROZNY, Russia -- Chechnya s
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      Chechen police gun down guerrilla leader

      Elmurzayev on Interpol most wanted list

      By UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL April 04, 2007

      GROZNY, Russia -- Chechnya's interior minister announced in Grozny a
      guerrilla leader had been hunted down and gunned down by police on
      Wednesday.

      "The so-called commander of the Southeast front (Suleiman) Elmurzayev
      was liquidated in the Vedeno district of Chechnya today," Ruslan
      Alkhanov was quoted as saying by Itar-Tass.

      Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov said police spent two weeks planning
      the operation to capture or kill Suleiman Elmurzayev, 32.

      "Ten more gunmen were together with Elmurzayev and there were wounded
      and killed among them," Kadyrov said.

      Russia's FSB security service put Elmurzayev on the Interpol most
      wanted list in 2004 on suspicion he shot down a Russian helicopter in
      2003. The pilot was killed, and the crew was badly injured, the report
      said.

      Elmurzayev was also known to be close with Islamist terror leader
      Shamil Basayev, Kadyrov said.

      In an unrelated incident, Alkhanov said police exchanged gunfire with
      another man in Grozny after he "offered armed resistance when police
      made an attempt to detain him" and then blew himself up with a grenade.
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      Police say associate of slain Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev killed in
      Chechnya
      The Associated Press
      Published: April 4, 2007

      ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia: Russian security forces killed a senior
      associate of slain Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev on Wednesday and
      killed or wounded nearly a dozen other wanted gunmen, Chechen police said.

      Suleiman Elmurzayev was killed in what Chechnya's Interior Ministry
      said was a special operation in the Vedeno region, southeast of the
      capital, Grozny.

      Ten other gunmen were either wounded or killed during the operation,
      the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. No further details were released.

      Police said Elmurzayev was involved in the May 2004 bombing at a
      Grozny sports stadium that killed the Kremlin-backed Chechen President
      Akhmad Kadyrov.

      Basayev was a long-hunted separatist warlord who claimed
      responsibility for some of Russia's worst terrorists attacks in recent
      years, including the 2004 Beslan school hostage-taking.

      His death in an explosion in July was considered a critical victory
      for Russian forces and their Chechen allies.

      Chechnya has been ravaged by two wars in the past 13 years as
      separatist militants sought to break away from Russia and, later, to
      create an Islamic state. Large-scale fighting has all but ended, but
      rebel fighters have continued to stage small scale, hit-and-run
      attacks on Russian forces and allied paramilitaries.
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