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FSB: Alleged Al-Qaeda Leader Killed In North Caucasus


Abu Omar al-Seif reportedly went to the North Caucases on orders from Osama bin Laden (RFE/RL) 16 December 2005 -- The head of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) confirmed today that an alleged Al-Qaeda leader in southern Russia has been killed.

Nikolai Patrushev told reporters that Saudi-born Abu Omar al-Seif was killed in the Northern Caucasus republic of Daghestan last month.


Al-Seif's death had earlier been reported by Russian media but had not been officially confirmed.


The FSB says al-Seif arrived in the Northern Caucasus 10 years ago on the orders of Osama bin Laden. It says he ran the Al-Haramein Islamic Foundation as a cover for setting up a terrorist network in Chechnya, Ingushetia, and Daghestan. Al-Seif also allegedly acted as a counsellor to Chechen separatist rebels.


Patrushev today said security forces killed more than 300 suspected militants in sweep operations in the Northern Caucasus this year.


(Interfax/RIA-Novosti/ITAR-TASS)

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