Russian security sources said a number of terrorist attacks have recently targeted security and police sites in Chechnya.
The Novosti News Agency has cited security sources saying that unidentified gunmen armed with white weapons tried to break into a police station on Monday, August 20th, in the Shali region of Chechnya, killing one policeman and injuring two others before security personnel cleared the militants.
In the heart of the capital, Grozny, unidentified gunmen and police exchanged fire, killing one security man and two female citizens, according to eyewitnesses.
The local TV channel “Telegram Mach” announced another incident in which an armed militant threw a grenade – which failed to explode - at a police station on the edge of the city. The attacker then used his car to run over police officers deployed at the scene, injuring three of them, before security personnel were able to kill him.
The fourth incident took place in the town of Mesker-Yurt, not far from the Shali area south of Grozny. The TASS news agency quoted security sources as saying that an armed man was killed when trying to throw an explosive device at the police station in the area.
The Interfax news agency quoted a source saying that initial investigations did not show the real motives for the operations or any link between them. Responsibility for the attacks was claimed by Isis. Dzhambulat Umarov, the minister of Information in Chechnya, told TASS that some of the attackers were as young as 11 years old.
The four terrorist operations took place while Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechnian president, is in Saudi Arabia for Hajj rituals at the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud.