Russian special services had no facts to confirm rumors that Chechen militant leader Doku Umarov was killed in a special operation in Chechnya, a high-ranking source told RIA Novosti on the condition of anonymity.
"There were reports that he [Umarov], along with a group of militants, was hit by an airstrike two weeks ago. Currently, several special force units are combing woodland in a remote Chechen region... The reports were not confirmed up to the moment," the source said.
In the past years, there were several reports about the death of Umarov, currently Chechnya's most wanted terrorist leader, but all they proved to be false.
The majority of notorious North Caucuasus militant leaders, inlcluding Shamil Basayev, Khalim Saidullayev, Aslan Maskhadov, Emir Ibn al Khattab and others, have been killed in the past ten years.
MOSCOW, January 16 (RIA Novosti)