Riyad-us-Saliheen Martyrs’ Brigade claims suicide attack in southern Russia


Banner of the Riyad-us-Saliheen Martyrs’ Brigade, posted on Kavkaz Center’s website.

Emir Adam, the leader of the Caucasus Emirate forces in Ingushetia, recently claimed that the suicide teams of the Riyad-us-Saliheen Martyrs’ Brigade executed the Sept. 9 suicide attack in Vladikavkaz that killed 18 people. Adam, who was one of two top commanders to come out in support of Doku Umarov after his resignation and retraction controversy (the other, Sayfullah, the qadi, or “supreme judge” of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate and the emir of Dagestan, was killed last month), released the statement at Kavkaz Center, the propaganda site for the Caucasus Emirate.

A portion of Adam’s statement reads as follows:

We, the Mujahideen of Ghalghaycho [Ingushetia], declare that the operation conducted on the 30th Day of Ramadan, 1431 (September 9, 2010) by the fighters of the Riyad-us-Saliheen Battalion in the city of Buro is a continuation of our Jihad against Ossetian infidels on occupied Ingush territories.

Our immediate goal is expulsion of invaders, the return to Muslims of the lands of the Caucasus and establishment of the Islamic rule on them.

Everyone knows that Ossetia has become an outpost of Russian infidels for their expansion in the Northern Caucasus. Ossetian infidels are participating, actively and directly, in numerous campaigns against Muslim peoples of the Caucasus, in particular, against the Ingushs.

They remain the main support for Russia, even after the Beslan tragedy, when the Kremlin ruthlessly destroyed Ossetian children in order not to make concessions to the Mujahedeen.

As long as Muslim lands are not returned to their owners and anti-Islamic activities of Ossetians continue, they will be all targets for our attacks.

Before the Vladikavkaz suicide attack, the Riyad-us-Saliheen Martyrs’ Brigade also released a statement in support of Umarov, and threatened to carry out more attacks:

We would also like to warn again all Muslims and all sympathizers of the struggle of Caucasian peoples, living in Moscow and other cities Rusnya, to leave them because it will be only get worse in the future, Insha’Allah [Allah willing].

For more on the Riyad-us-Saliheen Martyrs’ Brigade, see LWJ reports, Caucasus jihad: Terror tactics back on the horizon? and ‘Black Widow’ female suicide bombers kill 37 in Moscow metro blasts.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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