MOSCOW - The leader of Chechnya's
Islamist insurgency said he is alive and well after Russian
forces said they may have killed him and he hinted he would
prove it by organizing more attacks, Radio Free Europe said.
A man purporting to be Doku Umarov phoned Radio Free Europe
late on Thursday to deny reports citing officials as saying he
might have been killed in a March 28 assault on an insurgent
base in the North Caucasus province of Ingushetia.
"They carried out a special operation. Several of our
mujahedeen died. They are saying that I died, but this is not
true," he said, according to a Reuters translation from Chechen.
"They'll get an answer soon. They will hear news."