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.


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.