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Chechen warlord's doctor killed in North Caucasus raid – paper

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Police have identified the body of a personal doctor of infamous Chechen warlord Doku Umarov among the militants killed in a recent raid on a terrorist base in southern Russia.

Police have identified the body of a personal doctor of infamous Chechen warlord Doku Umarov among the militants killed in a recent raid on a terrorist base in southern Russia, a Russian business daily said Thursday.

According to police, Yusup Buzurtanov has been Umarov's personal doctor for many years and always accompanied the Chechen warlord, who suffers from diabetes.

"A bag with medical supplies, including syringes and vials with insulin was found near Buzurtanov's body," the Kommersant said.

Seventeen militants were killed on Monday in a raid on a base in the volatile Russian North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia used by Islamist insurgents to train suicide bombers.

The operation involved ground forces and air strikes. Three Russian servicemen were also killed.

Russian officials suggested that Umarov could have been among those killed during the attack on the terrorist camp, but later said only a DNA test could prove whether Umarov was killed in the raid.

Umarov, who has styled himself as the Emir of the Caucasus Emirate, claimed responsibility for the Domodedovo airport blast in January that killed 37 people, as well as the March 2010 suicide bombings on the Moscow subway, in which 40 people died.

There have been several false reports of the death of Umarov in recent years, including speculation that he was killed in an airstrike in Chechnya at the turn of the year.

 

MOSCOW, March 31 (RIA Novosti)

 

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