MOSCOW, November 26 (RIA Novosti) - The Federal Security Service (FSB) confirmed Sunday the elimination of Al Qaeda's emissary and the head and financier of terrorists in Russia's south.
"On November 26, in a special operation by Russia's Federal Security Service in Khasavyurt in the Republic of Dagestan, Al Qaeda's chief representative in the North Caucasus known to all security services in the world as a very dangerous international terrorist, the actual head and financier of bandit formations in Chechnya, the national of Jordan, Abu Hafs, was killed," the FSB said.
Abu Hafs was the last close aide to the notorious terrorist Khattab, the FSB said.
Emir Ibn al Khattab was killed in March 2002, in an operation by Russia's Federal Security Service. Khattab was directly involved in preparing and perpetrating an attack on Chechnya's capital Grozny in August 1996, as well as a terrorist attack on Buinaksk in December 1997.
After Khattab was killed, Abu Hafs was an organizer of terrorist activity in the North Caucasus and was preparing terrorist acts on the territory of Dagestan, the FSB said.
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