Rustam Gelayev was killed in the shelling of a mosque in
Aleppo by forces loyal to Assad earlier this month, according to
the website chechenews.com.
The report, which cited unidentified sources in Chechnya,
said Gelayev, 24, had joined a unit of ethnic Chechen volunteers
fighting alongside Syrian insurgents in a 17-month-old uprising
against Assad, who has close ties with Moscow.
Another website sympathetic to the insurgents,
kavkazcenter.com, said he had been killed when his unit “entered
into a battle with superior forces of the Alawite regime …
presumably between Aug. 11 and Aug. 13.”