Just a few months into his tenure as the head of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Caucasus Emirate (ICE), Magomed Suleimanov, also known as Abu Usman Gimrinsky, has been killed by Russian security forces.
The news was first circulated by jihadists on social media earlier today, with some Twitter feeds posting a picture purportedly showing Abu Usman after his “martyrdom.” The web site for Vilayat Dagestan, which is one of ICE’s so-called provinces, then released a statement announcing that Abu Usman and other ICE officials had been killed.
Russia’s Anti-Terrorism Committee has also told the press that its forces killed Gimrinsky and three others during a counterterrorism raid in Dagestan.
Abu Usman’s role as ICE’s emir was publicly announced on July 1. However, his appointment to that role was suspected before then. He succeeded Aliaskhab Kebekov, more commonly known as Ali Abu Muhammad al Dagestani, who was killed by Russian forces in April. Kebekov rose to ICE’s top leadership position after his predecessor, Doku Umarov, perished sometime in either late 2013 or early 2014.