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Police in Dubai have a number of positive leads, which could
Police in Dubai have a number of positive leads, which could help to uncover the mastermind behind the assassination of former military commander, Sulim Yamadayev, the Dubai police chief said on Wednesday.

Yamadayev, who headed Chechnya's Vostok battalion, was shot by a lone gunman in the underground car park of the Dubai apartment block where he lived early last Saturday.

"Leads, that the Dubai police have, should help to uncover the organizers of the incident," Maj. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim told the Al Bayan newspaper.

The official said law enforcement agencies in the U.A.E. and Russia should join efforts "to deal with the criminals, who must be arrested and brought to justice."

The police chief said on Tuesday in an interview with The National daily that "the murder was organized by a criminal group that has foreign links." He added that "four or five people have been detained" on suspicion of the murder, and that one of them is a Russian national.

Earlier in the day Russia's Consulate General told RIA Novosti that at least seven people had been detained in connection with the murder, all of whom had Slavic surnames.

Yamadayev was officially dismissed from his post as commander of the Defense Ministry's Vostok battalion last August over alleged involvement in the 1998 abduction and murder of a Chechen businessman.

The killing of Yamadayev is the sixth in a series of killings of Chechen exiles in the past year.

Sulim's brother, Ruslan Yamadayev, a former member of the Russian parliament's lower house, was gunned down in central Moscow last September. He was a prominent opponent of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who has denied any involvement in the killing.


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