22 Apr '11, 6am

Russia kills \"Saudi Al-Qaeda envoy\" in Chechnya

MOSCOW: Russian security forces killed in Chechnya a Saudi militant who was the top envoy of Al-Qaeda in the Northern Caucasus and responsible for deadly attacks, the national anti-terror committee said Friday. The militant -- known by the nom-de-guerre of Moganned -- was one of three rebels killed in a clash with Russian security forces around the village of Serzhen-Yurt in Chechnya on Thursday afternoon, it said. "One of the eliminated bandits has been identified as the main emissary of the international terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda in the Northern Caucasus, a citizen of Saudi Arabia by the name of Moganned," the committee said in a statement quoted by Russian news agencies. It said that alongside Chechen militant leader Doku Umarov -- Russia's most wanted man who security forces have repeatedly failed to kill over the last years -- Moganned was a leading figure among...

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straitstimes.com 24 Apr '11, 9am

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