UPI, AP: Chechen police gun down guerrilla leader
- 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
"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
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.
Police say associate of slain Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev killed in
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
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
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.