Russian insurgent leader hints at more attacks

MOSCOW - The leader of Chechnya'sIslamist insurgency said he is alive and well after Russianforces said they may have killed him and he hinted he wouldprove it by organizing more attacks, Radio Free Europe said.

A man purporting to be Doku Umarov phoned Radio Free Europelate on Thursday to deny reports citing officials as saying hemight have been killed in a March 28 assault on an insurgentbase in the North Caucasus province of Ingushetia.

"They carried out a special operation. Several of ourmujahedeen died. They are saying that I died, but this is nottrue," he said, according to a Reuters translation from Chechen."They'll get an answer soon. They will hear news."

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