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Death of Warlord Is Confirmed, Officials Say

IN BRIEF / RUSSIA

March 03, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

Russian authorities said they had confirmed that a man killed over the weekend in a clash with Russian border guards in the Dagestan region was Ruslan Gelayev, 39, one of Chechnya's most powerful rebel warlords.

Officials cited a leg wound, personal effects and statements from rebel suspects in making the identification. Russian officials have in the past repeatedly reported Gelayev's death.

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