Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ACROSS AFRICA

Dual therapy drug trial offers hope to HIV patients

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'From Jupiter to Colbert': France's nationalisation of shipyard draws criticism

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Nigerian lawmakers seek to reduce president's powers

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump's transgender backlash

Read more

THE DEBATE

The Battle for Venezuela: Pressure mounting on Maduro ahead of Sunday's vote

Read more

ENCORE!

Actress Helen Mirren on TV honours and tackling sexism

Read more

FOCUS

Teething problems for French President Macron's party

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Libya's Haftar vows to deal with terrorists 'through weapons'

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

USA: Fierce battle over Kentucky's only abortion clinic

Read more

Europe

Four police are killed in suicide bombing

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-25

Four police have been killed in a suicide bombing in Chechnya, the latest deadly attack in the increasingly violent Russian region, officials said.

AFP - Chechen Islamists have called for the death of the leader of Chechnya's self-proclaimed government-in-exile, rebel websites reported Tuesday, cementing a split between the two separatist factions.
   
The "Caucasus Emirate," a militant group aiming to establish an Islamic state across Russia's North Caucasus, condemned London-based rebel leader Akhmed Zakayev in a statement posted on Kavkazcenter.com and Islamdin.com.
   
Zakayev, who represents the more secular faction of the Chechen independence movement and has previously sparred with the Islamists, recently entered negotiations with the Moscow-backed official government of Chechnya.
   
The Caucasus Emirate said its high sharia court had "reached the conclusion that Akhmed Zakayev is a zindiq who has abandoned the religion of Islam," using the term "zindiq," which means atheist or heretic.
   
"On this basis, the court ruled that the killing of this zindiq is the obligation of Muslims, unless he publicly repents," the group said.
   
Led by the notorious warlord Doku Umarov, the Caucasus Emirate emerged in 2007 and has challenged the authority of Zakayev, the self-declared prime minister of the unrecognised Chechen government-in-exile in London.
   
In the 1990s Umarov and Zakayev were both part of the separatist government of Chechnya, a predominantly Muslim region of southern Russia that sought to break free of Moscow after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.
   
After Russian forces crushed the separatists in the second Chechen war of 1999-2000, Zakayev fled abroad while the rebel movement became gradually more dominated by Islamists.
   
In recent months Zakayev has entered landmark talks with representatives of the official pro-Moscow government of Chechnya, led by the Kremlin-backed strongman Ramzan Kadyrov.
   

Date created : 2009-08-25

COMMENT(S)