Monday, February 16, 2004

Zelimkhan Yanderbiyev killed

Former Chechen President Zelimkhan Yanderbiyev has been killed in Qatar. The Chechens blame the "Russian special services."

Former Chechen President Zelimkhan Yanderbiyev has been killed in an explosion in Qatar.

The satellite TV station al-Jazeera said Mr Yanderbiyev's car was hit by a blast in the capital, Doha.

Two of his bodyguards were reportedly killed and his teenage son, Daud, is said to have been seriously injured in the blast.

Yanderbiyev was mentioned on a UN list of groups and people with suspected links to the al-Qaeda organisation.

A hospital spokesman said Mr Yanderbiyev was leaving a mosque after Friday prayers in Doha's northern Dasma district when the blast occurred.

A spokesman for the Chechen rebels, Movladi Udugov, has accused the Russian special services of involvement in the blast.

But Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) has denied any involvement.


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