x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Warlord's brother survives shooting

The brother of the former Chechen warlord killed in an underground car park in Dubai this year, survived an assassination attempt on Tuesday.

DUBAI // The brother of Sulim Yamadayev, the former Chechen warlord killed in an underground car park in Dubai this year, survived an assassination attempt on Tuesday evening, according to Russian news reports. Isa Yamadayev told the Rosbalt news agency that he was shot in the back by a man visiting his Moscow apartment. On his website, Mr Yamadayev credited police for saving him, and asserted that the attempt on his life was linked to the attacks on Sulim and his other brother, Ruslan, who was shot dead in Moscow last year.

Police confirmed to Russian news agencies that a suspect was in custody and that they considered the incident an attempted contract killing. Mr Yamadayev would not give further details of the attack or confirm the extent of his injuries. But in an interview with the Russian radio station Ekho Moskvy, he reiterated his family's belief that his brother, Sulim, was still alive. "This is another link in the chain: an attempt on my brother Sulim's life and the murder of my older brother, Ruslan," he added.

Although Sulim Yamadayev's death was officially confirmed by Dubai Police and the Russian consul general in Dubai, the Yamadayev family have continually claimed that he survived. Isa Yamadayev told the Russian media in May that Sulim was only injured and remained in Dubai, protected by a police bodyguard. He added that the brothers communicated online and were plotting revenge against the Chechen president, Ramzan Kadyrov, a former military colleague, whom they hold responsible for their brother's death.

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