Moscow says 'Al Qaeda leader' in North Caucasus killed

Thu 05 May 2011 01:39 GMT | 05:39 Local Time

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Russia's Anti-Terrorism Committee reports that a senior Al-Qaeda operative has been killed in a special operation in the North Caucasus.

Doger Sevdet, known under the alias Abdulla Kurd, was killed in a clash in Vedeno district in the Chechen Republic, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) said on Wednesday.

A Turkish national, Doger Sevdet is credited with being the international co-ordinator of the region's terror cells.

­A Turkish passport has been discovered at the scene, the NAC said. The document is said to contain Azerbaijani, Pakistani and Georgian visas.

A major result of this operation, according to NAC officials, is the disruption of the connection between the militants operating in Russia’s North Caucasus and Al-Qaeda.

Doger Sevdet took part in the planning and organization of mass terrorist attacks, assassinations and killings of citizens and law-enforcement officials, the NAC said.

According to Federal Security Service (FSB) files, the militant arrived in the North Caucasus via Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge back in 1991.

In Russia’s Chechen Republic, the militant belonged to the so-called Arab groups of Al-Qaeda, led by Ibn ul-Khattab, Abu al-Walid and Abu Hafs. The operations of this group were terminated by the FSB between 2004 and 2006.

After the elimination of Abu Hafs in 2006, Doger Sevdet became an assistant to the Al-Qaeda envoy to the North Caucasus, Saudi citizen Yusuf Muhammad al’Emirate, nicknamed Moganned.

The NAC reported that Moganned was killed in a special operation three weeks ago, on 11 April. Doger Sevdet then took on the role of Al-Qaeda’s envoy to the region. He was assigned to controlling the organization’s money-flow from abroad to facilitate militant activities in Russia's North Caucasus.

Chechnya's Russian-backed president, Ramzan Kadyrov, said on Wednesday that the dead militant, codenamed Salauddin, was of Kurdish origin and came to Chechnya from Turkey to fight for Chechnya. He was working for the militant group of Chechen commander Hussein Gakayev.

Chechen officials announced that another militant, codenamed Dzhandulla, was also killed during the operation.

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