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Asia Crisis

Russian forces kill Chechen rebel leader -report

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MOSCOW, June 8 (Reuters) - Russian forces have killed the leader of the Chechen separatist movement, Doku Umarov, Interfax news agency cited an unidentified source in Russian law enforcement agencies as saying on Monday.

Umarov was named leader of the separatist movement in 2006 and Russian-backed Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has said that Umarov is his main enemy.

Interfax quoted the source as saying that Umarov had been killed in a special operation "on the territory of one of the republics in the North Caucasus".

"Tests are being made on the remains to make a final identification," the news agency cited the source as saying. Interfax said it had been unable to confirm the information.

In 2006, the Moscow-backed Chechen government erroneously said Umarov had surrendered. It later said that his brother had surrendered.

Umarov has styled himself on Internet sites as the Amir of the "Caucasus Emirate". (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Louise Ireland and Michael Stott)

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