DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Dubai’s police chief confirms that a former Chechen rebel who switched sides in Chechnya’s long-running conflict with Moscow was killed in a brazen attack in this emirate.
Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim says the ex-rebel, Sulim Yamadayev, was shot dead Saturday.
Tamim dismissed on Tuesday claims in Russian media that the Chechen had survived an “assassination.”
He says police detained several people for questioning but declined to provide details because of the ongoing investigation.
Tamim said Yamadayev was in Dubai on a Russian passport issued in the name of Sulaiman Madov.
Yamadayev fought with Russian military in last year’s war with Georgia but refused to follow orders of Chachnya’s Kremlin-backed president.