Dienstag, 19. Oktober 2010
Attack on Chechen parliament in Grozny leaves six dead
Six people were killed and 17 others injured when a small group of militants stormed parliament in the restive Russian republic of Chechnya.
Shouting Islamist slogans, three fighters launched a bomb and gun attack as deputies arrived for work, killing two guards and an official.
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All three attackers were killed, the Chechen and Russian authorities say.
Deputies inside the building managed to escape by moving to an upper floor.
The attack was condemned by the EU and US who both pledged to work together with Russia to defeat "terrorism". Correspondents say the incident in the capital Grozny is a reminder that the region is far from stable. Last year Moscow declared victory against Chechen separatists and there has been a relative lull in the violence under Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya's Kremlin-backed leader. But the whole North Caucasus is seeing an insurgency led by Islamist rebels, correspondents say.
Militants struck at about 0845 (0445 GMT), attacking policemen guarding the parliament building, Mr Kadyrov told Russian news agency Interfax.
It is believed they arrived at the parliament by car, tailgating vehicles belonging to deputies.
At least one attacker appears to have set off a suicide bomb just before the other two rushed inside, exchanging fire with security guards.