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Militant Leader Says All Russia Is A 'Battleground'

Chechen Islamist rebel leader Doku Umarov

Chechen Islamist rebel leader Doku Umarov

The leader of an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus says Osama bin Laden's death will not stop violence and called Russia a "battleground."

Doku Umarov leads an insurgency seeking to carve out a "Caucasus Emirate" comprising war-scarred Chechnya and other mainly Muslim regions in the North Caucasus.

Umarov said in an interview posted on May 17 on insurgency-affiliated site that "the battlefield is not just Chechnya or the Caucasus Emirate, but the whole of Russia."

Umarov has claimed responsibility for attacks elsewhere in Russia, including a suicide bombing that killed 37 people at Moscow's busiest airport in January and twin bombings that killed 40 on Moscow's metro in March 2010.