ISIS claims responsibility for attack on policemen in Chechnya

ISIS claims responsibility for attack on policemen in Chechnya

Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Russia's Republic of Chechnya, said that the perpetrators could have been influenced by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists via social networks.

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. "Exact details are still coming in".

Russia's Investigative Committee has posted online a video from the scene of the attacks.

"Fighters from the Islamic State attacked Chechen police officers and elements in Grozny and Shali in Mesker-Yurt", Amaq said, according to SITE.

Chechen Information Minister Dzhambulat Umarov told the TASS news agency that the youngest attacker was 11 and the oldest 17.

At the time of this writing, the only confirmed attack was against a police station in the Shalinsky District by two men armed with knives, where two officers were reportedly injured, and the attackers were shot.

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The Chechen leader also dismissed the attacks as an attempt to disrupt the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, saying, "The task was to darken this holiday, to cause a broad public response, and to prevent residents of Chechnya from celebrating Eid al-Adha".

In another attack in Shali, two assailants tried to blow up a truck loaded with gas canisters in a suicide mission, but the vehicle failed to explode, Kadyrov spokesman Alvi Karimov said on Kommersant FM radio.

The two assailants were shot dead, Chechnya's interior ministry said. In another clash, a man was shot after he struck a traffic officer with his auto.

Russian investigators say they have launched investigations into three separate attacks that wounded several police officers in the North Caucasus region of Chechnya. Police again denied initial reports that an officer had been killed.

Global human rights groups have accused Kadyrov of rampant abuses, including arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial killings by his feared security forces.

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