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Aslan Byutukayev
Commander of Western Sector, Nokhchicho Province (Chechnya)
Commander of Riyad-us Saliheen Brigade of Martyrs
Personal details
Born (1974-10-22)October 22, 1974
Achkhoy-Martan Chechnya
Religion Islam
Military service
Nickname(s) Emir Khamzat
Abubakar
Allegiance Caucasus Emirate
Unit Riyad-us Saliheen
Battles/wars North Caucasus Insurgency

Aslan Byutukayev (Russian: Аслан Бютукаев) also known as Emir Khamzat and Abubakar is a Chechen insurgent commander in the Caucasus Emirate, the commander of the Riyad-us Saliheen Brigade of Martyrs and a close associate of Caucasus Emirate leader Dokku Umarov.[1]

Until 2010 Emir Khamzat was a little-known field commander. But in the summer of that year there was a dispute between Dokku Umarov and several commanders of the Chechen wing of the Caucasus Emirate - Tarkhan Gaziyev, Muhannad, Aslanbek Vadalov and Hussein Gakayev that led to Byutukaev’s rapid promotion to commander of Chechnya’s Southwestern Front.[2] He also succeeded the slain Said Buryatsky as leader of the Caucasus Emirate’s unit of suicide bombers, the Riyad-us Saliheen.[3]

In January 2011 Byutukaev trained Magomed Yevloyev, the suicide bomber who carried out the bombing of Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow.[4] Shortly before the bombing, Dokku Umarov, Byutukaev and Magomed Yevloyev filmed a video claiming responsibility for the attacks.[3]

In March 2011 it was reported that Aslan Byutukaev had been killed in an airstrike by the Russian Air Force in Ingushetia, along with the deputy leader of the Caucasus Emirate, Supyan Abdullayev.[5] However, while the rebels confirmed the death of Abdulayev, the death of Byutukaev was denied.[5]

On June 2011 in a video released on the internet, a silent Byutukaev appeared at the side of Dokku Umarov as the latter claimed responsibility for the assassination of Yuri Budanov, a former Russian Colonel who kidnapped, murdered and allegedly raped an 18-year-old Chechen girl.[6]

In July 2011 at a meeting of the Caucasus Emirate’s Sharia Court, Umarov appointed Byutukaev his deputy in the newly created Western Sector of Vilayat Nokhchicho.[1][7]

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