Chechen rebel leader's 'successor' announced

The Kavkaz Center website released a video claiming to be of Umarov's successor, Ali Abu Muhammad. Credit: Kavkaz Center/YouTube

The apparent successor to Chechen militant Doku Umarov, who was reported dead today, has issued a video message assuming the leadership of the Caucasus Emirate group.

The YouTube video was posted on the same website which earlier reported Umarov's death.

Speaking in a mixture of Arabic and Russian, Ali Abu Muhammed said "our brother" Umarov had passed away and that he was now taking on his position.

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Chechen rebel leader 'dies'

One of Russia's most wanted men, the Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov, has reportedly died. The Kavkaz Centre, a website linked to Islamist militants, claimed Umarov had "become a martyr", although there were no details on how he may have died.