Chechen Islamist militant leader Doku Umarov has urged his followers to prevent the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia – according to a video posted online, which cannot be independently verified.
The footage appeared to show Umarov saying: “They (Russia) plan to hold the Olympics on the bones of our ancestors, on the bones of many, many dead Muslims – buried on the territory of our land on the Black Sea, and we as mujahideen are obliged not to permit that, using any methods allowed us by the almighty Allah.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised high security for the games, scheduled for next February in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
Umarov’s group, Caucasus Emirate, aims to carve out an autonomous Islamist state in Southern Russia. It claimed responsibility for a bombing at a Moscow airport in 2010 that killed 37 people.