16 December 2005, 16:51
Al-Qaeda ideologist killed in Dagestan acted under cover of Islamic Foundation
Moscow, December 16, Interfax - FSB director Nikolai Patrushev reported that that special services in Dagestan had eliminated an envoy of the Al-Qaeda international terrorist network in the North Caucasus Abu Omar.
Al-Qaeda’s leading representative in the North Caucasus, international terrorism ‘ideologist’ sheikh Abu Omar As-Seif was eliminated in Dagestan in November,’ FSB director said at the meeting with leading media groups in Moscow on Friday.
According to him, the documents confiscated from Omar and planned for sending abroad, ‘outlines his vision of prospects of the Islamic terrorist movement worldwide and offer recommendations concerning strategy and tactics for the development of the so called ‘green international.’
According to FSB, in Russia Abu Omar was sent to the North Caucasus nearly ten years ago by Osama bin Laden.
Omar helped organize underground terrorist cells in Dagestan, Chechnya and Ingushetia using the Al-Haramein Islamic Foundation international non-governmental organizations as a cover.
FSB spokesman said that Omar had been a so called ‘chairman of the Shariah judges’ committee of the Chechen republic of Ichkeria in the last few years.’ The late militant leader Aslan Maskhadov’s successor Sadulayev discussed with Abu Omar all appointments in the armed groups.
Abu Omar ‘received and distributed funds coming from abroad to stage terrorist attacks and acts of sabotage in Russia’, an FSB spokesman said. Abu Omar met with Maskhadov, Basaev, Hattab, Sadulayev and other leaders of the armed groups and financed their terrorist activity.
‘The Al-Qaeda envoy played an active part in plotting terrorist attacks as well as in promoting extremist religious and political ideas’, the FSB representative said.
According to the Russian special services information, Omar lived in Ingushetia before 2005, but moved to Dagestan the same year ‘to tackle the strategic task of making this republic the main venue for terrorist attacks and acts of sabotage’, the FSB representatives further said.
As was reported earlier, Omar, a Saudi national, was appointed Al-Qaeda’s envoy to Chechnya after another international terrorist, Abu al-Walid, was killed in April 2004.
Adam Dekushev, a suspect in the apartment bombings in Moscow and Volgodonsk, said the terrorist attacks had been masterminded by Omar. Dekushev confessed he was trained as a shot-firer in the Omar’s camp.