Chechen fighter leader Umarov quits, names new head

Chechen fighter leader Umarov has stepped down and appointed Vadalov as his successor to fight Russian rule, unofficial website said.

Chechen fighter leader Umarov quits, names new head


Chechen fighter leader Doku Umarov has stepped down and appointed Aslambek Vadalov as his successor to fight Moscow's central rule in the North Caucasus, the unofficial Islamist site www.kavkazcenter.com said on Sunday.

"The Emir of the Caucasus Emirate Dokku Abu Usman (Doku Umarov) has officially announced his resignation from the post of Emir of the Caucasus Emirate for health reasons and appointed his successor, Emir Aslambek (Aslambek Vadalov) to this post," the rebels announced on www.kavkazcenter.com

"Dokku Abu Usman said that jihad should be led by younger and more energetic commanders and stressed that after his resignation ... he intends to continue to wage jihad and will do his utmost to help the new leadership."

One of the most populous regions in the mainly Muslim north Caucasus Chechnya declared independency after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 but was attacked by Russian forces in two wars since the mid-1990s.

Still low-level insurgency continues in Muslim states controlled by Russia.

"This (stepping down) does not mean that I give up jihad," Umarov, bearded and wearing a national skullcap, said in a video address posted on the same site. "I will do whatever I can by word and deed," he added, filmed sitting relaxed in a forest next to his successor and another resistant commander.

Umarov's successor is a native of Chechnya who has fought against federal troops sent in by Moscow since 1994, www.kavkazcenter.com said.

It said that in 2007 he was one of the first Chechen fighter leaders to support Umarov and pledge allegiance to him.

Officials both in Moscow and Chechnya's capital Grozny could not be immediately reached for comment.
 

Reuters
 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Ağustos 2010, 17:02
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