Chechen rebel chief revokes resignation: video

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The Islamist rebel leading the bloody anti-Kremlin insurgency in Russia's Caucasus region of Chechnya on Wednesday withdrew an announcement that he was stepping down.

"Due to the situation in the Caucasus I consider that it is impossible for me to quit my duties," Doku Umarov said in a video posted on rebel websites and Youtube.

Umarov, whose group claimed the attacks on the Moscow metro that killed 40 people this year, said earlier this week he had grown tired and was stepping down in favour of a younger militant successor named Aslambek Vadalov.

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