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Leading Chechen Rebel Reportedly Killed


http://gdb.rferl.org/41f5dd11-f7a1-4477-a612-f2f70bf803ca_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/41f5dd11-f7a1-4477-a612-f2f70bf803ca_mw800_mh600.jpg Chechen prays (file photo) (AFP) 19 January 2006 -- The pro-Moscow Chechen administration today said that security forces have killed a senior separatist field commander, Supian Abdulaev.


Abdulaev and two other Chechen fighters were reportedly killed on 18 January during a gunbattle in Agyshty, a small settlement in Chechnya's Shali region.


Chechen Interior Minister Ruslan Alkhanov said Abdulaev was among those responsible for propagating Wahhabism, a blanket word used in Russia to describe non-official Islam.


In a statement carried by the pro-independence news agency Daymokh, the Chechen separatist leadership says it is still unable to confirm Abdulaev's death.


(Interfax, ITAR-TASS, Daymokh)

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