Grozny. Photo by Magomed Magomedov for the 'Caucasian Knot'.

20 December 2016, 01:33

IS claims responsibility for attacks in Grozny

On December 17 and 18, the attacks on policemen and shootouts in Chechnya were organized by militants of the "Islamic State" (IS). This was declared by the statement released by the "Islamic State", banned in Russia by court and recognized as a terrorist organization.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in the evening on December 17, the counterterrorist operation (CTO) regime was introduced in Grozny. Power agents reported that four militants had been killed in a shootout, and two others were hospitalized with gunshot wounds. In the afternoon on December 18, they blocked a private house in an outskirt of Grozny. According to power agents, three militants were killed there, and two others were detained. Thus, in total, during two days, seven militants were killed, and four others were detained, three of them were wounded. Four policemen were also killed; and one policeman was wounded.

On December 19, the statement made by the "Islamic State" was published by the "SITE Intelligence Group", an NGO registered in the United States. It monitors the activities of terrorist groupings on the Internet, the "Kommersant" reports today, on December 20.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has noted that the detained suspected militants confessed to have been involved in the IS.

"The detainees ... testify that they got an order to commit serious crimes in Grozny from ideologists of terrorism from among members of the 'Iblis State' "(Ramzan Kadyrov uses this name for the IS, – note of the 'Caucasian Knot'). The brains of the young people were drugged with Internet propaganda," Ramzan Kadyrov wrote on his Instagram page.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

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