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    Top Chechen leader killed, claims Moscow ... MOSCOW, March 1: Russian authorities on Monday said they had killed Ruslan Gelayev, a top Chechen warlord who has
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      Top Chechen leader killed, claims Moscow
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      MOSCOW, March 1: Russian authorities on Monday said they had killed
      Ruslan Gelayev, a top Chechen warlord who has been fighting Russian
      troops in and around the restive Caucasus republic for more than four
      years.

      The body of a man who looked like Gelayev had been found in Dagestan,
      which borders war-torn Chechnya, after a fight that also left two
      border guards dead, law enforcement officials told Russian news
      agencies.

      Previously-captured Chechen rebels have identified the body, which
      was found without documents in western Dagestan, as that of Gelayev,
      a rebel leader who has eluded Russia's attempts to capture or kill
      him for years.

      "Two of previously-detained members of his illegal armed band have
      identified Gelayev's body," Sergei Fridinsky, deputy prosecutor, was
      quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

      Unsubstantiated reports of Gelayev's death have been reported several
      times since Vladimir Putin launched the current Russo-Chechen war in
      October 1999 as prime minister.

      Among Gelayev's most spectacular exploits was the taking of the
      Komsomolskoye village in Chechnya in March 2000, shortly after
      Russian troops drove rebels from the capital Grozny.

      After fierce fighting that lasted for days, federal forces eventually
      recaptured the village, killing hundreds of rebels, but Gelayev
      escaped into the mountains from where he is reported since then to
      have staged isolated raids against Russian targets.-APP

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top19.htm&date=20040302

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