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Hurriyet: Turkey's MIT probes Russian involvement in Chechen murders

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  • Norbert Strade
    Turkey s MIT probes Russian involvement in Chechen murders 1.3.2009 Turkey s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) has launched a probe into the murders of
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      Turkey's MIT probes Russian involvement in Chechen murders

      1.3.2009

      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.

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