ISIL claims attacks on security forces in Russia's Chechnya

Lester Mason
August 21, 2018

In the village of Mesker-Yurt north of Shali, a man with a backpack attempted a suicide bombing near a police post but "police officers and civilians were not harmed by the blast", the Investigative Committee said.

Police also reported that two assailants with knives attacked a police station in Shali, in Chechnya's rural Shalinsky District.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the spate of violence, the SITE monitoring group reported, citing the group's Amaq website.

All of those involved in the attacks were minors, with the "eldest among them being 16 years old... and the youngest being 11", Chechnya's National Policy Minister Dzhambulat Umarov told Tass. ISIL has claimed attacks in the past that it had no logistical role in.

Reports earlier said the attacker had survived.

"The bandits have been neutralized", Kadyrov said.

Russia's Investigative Committee said it had launched probes into three separate attacks against police, including a failed suicide bombing.

According to unconfirmed reports by the Telegram channel Mash, there were also attacks in Grozny, where a militant was shot after hitting a traffic policeman with his auto, and officers and militants shot at each other at the intersection between Pervyomaiskaya and Isaev streets, possibly killing one officer.


The two assailants were shot dead, according to Chechnya's Interior Ministry.

And in the regional capital, Grozny, police opened fire on a vehicle that had hit two policemen.

Kadyrov, who was visiting Saudi Arabia on Monday, said extremist propaganda that "confuses the young men" was to blame for the assaults.

In a post on Telegram the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, condemned the teenagers who, he alleged, had tried to disrupt Muslim Chechens' celebrations of Eid al-Adha, which begins on Tuesday.

There were also attacks in Grozny.

Moscow battled separatists in two brutal wars in the 1990s in Chechnya and has since installed Kadyrov, a former separatist turned Kremlin loyalist, to rule the republic with an iron fist. His security forces have been accused of human rights abuses, including torture and extrajudicial killings, during the crackdown.

Rebels, some of whom have sworn allegiance to ISIL, still conduct sporadic raids in Chechnya.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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