Tarkhan Batirashvili (Abu Umar al-Shishani). Photo http://www.chechensinsyria.com/?page_id=21362#jp-carousel-21342

25 July 2018, 17:20

Umar al-Shishani's brother killed in Syria

Tamaz Batirashvili, an elder brother of Tarkhan Batirashvili, one of the leaders of the "Islamic State" (IS), a terrorist organization banned in Russia by the court, died in the warfare in Syria. This was reported by residents of the Pankisi Gorge.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that since 2013, Tarkhan Batirashvili (Abu Umar al-Shishani) was in command of an IS' sector in Syria, and was declared dead more than a dozen times. The rumours about his death had been repeatedly refuted, but in March 2016, this information was officially confirmed by the Pentagon.

The prefix "al-Shishani" (or "ash-Shishani") in nicknames of the Pankisi natives at war in Syria indicates their origin: in the Arabic language it means "a Chechen".

The 38-year-old Tamaz Batirashvili, a native of the village of Birkiani in the Pankisi Gorge, was killed in Syria, the Georgian "Rustavi-2" TV Company has reported.

According to Pankisi residents, his wife and children managed to escape. Tamaz Batirashvili had lived in Birkiani and joined the IS in 2013; then, he took his wife with four children to Syria, the "InterPressNews" explains.

Let us remind you that on July 4, in Turkey, Seda Dudurkaeva, the widow of Abu Umar al-Shishani and a daughter of the former head of the Federal Migration Service (FMS) for Chechnya, was detained on suspicion of involvement in the IS. The woman is in prison with her two sons, her mother Milan Dudurkaeva has stated.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on July 25, 2018 at 01:38 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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