Son of late Chechen warlord reported killed in Syria

August 23, 2012 13:56

MOSCOW - The son of a late Chechen rebel warlord has been killed in Syria by government forces battling a rebellion against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian media and websites sympathetic to Islamist insurgents in Russia's Caucasus region reported.

Rustam Gelayev was killed in the shelling of a mosque in Aleppo by forces loyal to Assad earlier this month, according to the website

The report, which cited unidentified sources in Chechnya, said Gelayev, 24, had joined a unit of ethnic Chechen volunteers fighting alongside Syrian insurgents in a 17-month-old uprising against Assad, who has close ties with Moscow.

Another website sympathetic to the insurgents,, said he had been killed when his unit "entered into a battle with superior forces of the Alawite regime ... presumably between Aug. 11 and Aug. 13."

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