Jan 17, 2014; Sochi, General view of Olympic rings in Olympic Park prior to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Doku Umarov, rebel leader who threatened Sochi Olympics, reportedly killed


According to reports coming out of Russia the past couple of days, Chechen militant Doku Umarov may have been killed in an anti-terror operation.

Umarov was considered partially responsible for the multiple suicide bombings in Volgograd last month. He was labeled a major threat to the safety of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Umarov’s death was announced two days ago by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. According to a post on Instagram, the news of Umarov’s death was discovered due to recent discussions between North Caucasus militants intercepted by military forces.

However, because Umarov’s death has been falsely confirmed before, some news agencies are being cautious about the news.

The threat of terrorism is a major concern surrounding the upcoming Olympics. A Washington Times article from Thursday discussed the measures which Russia is taking to ensure a safe Games. According to the report, a 1,500-mile security zone is being created around Sochi to prevent any attacks. The decision to establish such a vast security zone is not a surprise considering Russia announced enhanced security for the Olympics earlier this month.

 

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    Either war or slavery will be part of the condition of mankind for as far ahead as we can see.