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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kadyrov Says Rebel Leader Injured

GROZNY -- Chechnya's most wanted separatist leader was severely wounded in a special operation that killed four of his fighters, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov said Monday.

But Kadyrov said it was too early to say whether rebel chief Doku Umarov was dead, as reported by Interfax.

Kadyrov said the operation against Umarov was commanded by one of his presidential advisers, Adam Delimkhanov, who is wanted by Dubai in connection with the assassination of a former Chechen military commander there.

Interfax earlier cited a law enforcement official as saying Umarov had been killed in a special operation "on the territory of one of the republics in the North Caucasus." "Tests are being made on the remains to make a final identification," the official said.

Umarov took charge in 2006 after rebel leader Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev was killed by federal forces.