of Russia’s most wanted men, Chechen warlord Doku Umarov, has said he ordered
the deadly bomb attack last month on a Moscow airport.
suicide attack on the arrivals area of Domodedovo international airport on 24
January left 36 people dead and 180 injured.
a video posted online, Mr Umarov said the attack was a response to
“Russian crimes in the Caucasus”.
suicide attacks would continue, he added, speaking in Russian.
Umarov is self-styled leader of the “Caucasus Emirate” and is
considered the head of the Islamist militant insurgency in the North Caucasus.
is one of the few prominent Chechen rebels still active, having served as
security minister in the Chechen separatist government from 1996-99.
Umarov has previously claimed the March 2010 suicide bombings on the Moscow
Metro in which 39 people died, and is said to have ordered the November 2009
bombing of a train from Moscow to St Petersburg that left 26 dead.
video which appeared on the Kavkaz Tsentr website is dated 24 January, the day
of the attack.
alone, dressed in combat fatigues, Mr Umarov speaks to the camera: “This
special operation was carried out on my orders and, God willing, special operations
like it will continue to be carried out.”
goes on to argue that Muslims are under attack all over the world, talking at
length about the situation in Sudan, and condemns “Zionist and Christian
regimes led by Israel and America”.
Umarov says that he and his fighters “are waging jihad in the Caucasus
today to establish the word of Allah”, and there are “hundreds more
brothers” ready to sacrifice themselves to that end, in the fight with
Russia’s “racist regime”.
“regular, deeper and more aggressive operations”, he says he wishes
that so much blood did not have to be spilt for Russia to “leave the Caucasus”.
investigators say the suicide bomber who struck at Domodedovo Airport was a
20-year-old man from the North Caucasus.