Armed special services officers in the center of Grozny. Photo: REUTERS/Said Tsarnayev

21 August 2018, 08:12

Teens' attack in Chechnya confirms "Caucasian Knot" conclusion about underground's rejuvenation

The eldest of the five attackers on policemen in Chechnya is 18 years old, others are from 11 to 17 years old, a law enforcement source has stated. The age of the alleged militants has confirmed the trend revealed by the "Caucasian Knot" back in 2017: in Chechnya, young people are actively joining the armed underground.

The "Islamic State" (IS), a terrorist organization, banned in Russia by the court, has claimed responsibility for the series of attacks on law enforcers committed in Chechnya. The attacks took place in the Shali District and in Grozny. According to law enforcers, four out of five attackers were shot dead; the fifth one was wounded while attempting to blow himself up.

Two of the killed militants, the youngest of them, are brothers, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Chechnya has stated. "One of them was born in 2000; two – in 2001, and others two – 2002 and 2006," the RIA "Novosti" quotes its MIA source.

According to the calculations of the "Caucasian Knot", the overwhelming majority of the alleged militants killed in 2016 were under 35 years old.

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, has noted that militants, trying to "create the visibility of forces capable of committing terror acts, involve teenagers adolescents with immature psyche."

The oldest assailant, Magomed Musaev, 18, was, as law enforcers believe, the organizer of the attack. In 2016, he was detained together with other members of the cell headed by Imran Datsaev, but "forgiven because of his young age and not brought to justice," the "Daily Storm" writes referring to its source.

The father of the young man, speaking on air of the "Grozny" TV Channel, "damned his son and those who took the path of terror."

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on August 20, 2018 at 10:47 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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