Chechen Forces Kill

22 Separatist Rebels

MOSCOW -- Chechen security forces killed 22 separatist rebels, including the alleged organizer of the assassination of the republic's president, Deputy Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov was quoted as saying Monday.

Kadyrov is the son of Akhmad Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed Chechen president who was killed May 9 by a bomb at a stadium in Grozny, the capital.

The rebel death toll, in an operation in the Vedeno region, about 30 miles southeast of Grozny, was one of the highest reported in recent months. The victims reportedly included Suleiman Khairulla, whom Ramzan Kadyrov identified as a top lieutenant of Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev and the self-proclaimed organizer of the stadium bombing, news reports said.


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