Russia kills top 'Al-Qaeda militant' in Chechnya
Russian security forces have killed a top Al-Qaeda militant in Chechnya who coordinated foreign rebels in the North Caucasus, the national anti-terror committee said on Wednesday.
The militant, named as Doger Sevdet, was a Turkish national who had taken on the nom-de-guerre of Abdullah Kurd and "was an envoy of Al-Qaeda in the Northern Caucasus," it said in a statement published on Russian news agencies.
It said that Sevdet, who arrived in the region in 1991, had taken part in the planning of numerous acts of terror and attacks on members of the public and security forces.
His death comes two weeks after Russia killed another top Al-Qaeda militant, a Saudi operative known as Moganned in what analysts said was one of its biggest security successes in the region for years.
It also follows the killing in Pakistan by US forces of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in an operation hailed by the Kremlin as a "serious success in the war against international terrorism."
© 2011 AFP