Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014 (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

Halal tourism on the rise

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Search of Air Algerie crash site continues

Read more

WEB NEWS

NSA targets 'Tor' network users

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users call for peace in Gaza

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

French government hopes to collect €1.8bn from foreign accounts

Read more

DEBATE

Gaza: A Truce At All Costs?

Read more

  • Video: Slaviansk mourns mass grave victims

    Read more

  • Video: Ethiopia turns to wine to boost image, economy

    Read more

  • France honours those lost on Air Algérie Flight AH5017

    Read more

  • The centenary of Austria-Hungary’s calamitous last hurrah

    Read more

  • UN Security Council calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire

    Read more

  • Nibali joins elite group with Tour de France win

    Read more

  • France calls on its nationals to leave Libya as violence escalates

    Read more

  • Boko Haram kidnap Cameroon minister's wife in deadly attack

    Read more

  • Muslims prepare for Eid al-Fitr festival

    Read more

  • ‘Irresponsible’ American dad tries to scale Mont Blanc with children

    Read more

  • Ukraine fighting prevents observers from accessing MH17 crash site

    Read more

  • In pictures: Crowds flock to enjoy the Tour de France show

    Read more

  • Netanyahu says Hamas 'violating its own ceasefire'

    Read more

  • Video: At the scene of the Air Algérie crash in Mali

    Read more

  • Costa Concordia arrives in port of Genoa to be scrapped

    Read more

  • In pictures: Youths clash with police at banned Gaza protest

    Read more

  • Russia lashes out at new EU sanctions over Ukraine

    Read more

  • Bodies of all Air Algérie crash victims to be brought to France

    Read more

  • Syrian army and ISIS both claim advances

    Read more

  • Briton kidnapped in Yemen freed after five months

    Read more

  • New round of Gaza ceasefire talks takes place in Paris

    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)