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    of one of their rebel leaders...

    The FSB intelligence service said a special forces operation had resulted in the death of Sheikh Said Buryatsky, an Islamist convert whose real name was Alexander Tikhomirov.

    FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov told President Dmitry Medvedev that the operation in southern Russia last week had resulted in the death of eight militants and the capture of ten.

    The successful mission became a truimph when it appeared that one of Russia's most wanted men and the ideologue-in-chief of the Islamist rebel movement in Chechnya and southern Russia was reported among the dead.

    Mr Bortnikov said Tikhomirov was the "odious" terrorist, a man the local media dubbed the Russian counterpart to Osama bin Laden. He said Tikhomirov and his associates were behind the bombing of the Nevsky Express train between Moscow and St. Petersburg last November, an incident that left 28 people dead and 90 wounded. They may also have been behind a similar attack on the same line in 2007, he suggested.

    "We have exposed a further 15 particularly serious crimes perpetrated by this bandit group," he told the president. "We are talking about the murders of policemen and the bombing of various key objects and infrastructure." He said FSB troops found a bomb making factory in the house in Ingushetia...

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