Chechnya: 5 child-terrorists eliminated in coordinated ISIS attacks against security forces
A series of coordinated terror attacks against security forces hit Russia’s autonomous republic of Chechnya on Monday with authorities claiming to have eliminated at least five Muslim terrorists – all of them child-terrorists.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the coordinated terror attacks.
Dzhambulat Umarov, information minister in the regional government, told the Tass news agency the terrorists were aged between 11 and 16. He said ISIS has increasingly focused on teenagers in its efforts to recruit Muslim terrorists.
Officials in Russia confirmed several policemen were wounded and at least five terrorists eliminated in the capital Grozny and Shali.
Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya’s president, said on his official Telegram social-networking account that one of the attacks saw a suicide bomber detonate his explosives in Mesker-Yurt, on the outskirts of Grozny. The attack injured several policemen, but the terrorist survived and was taken to a hospital.
Kadyrov, who was visiting Saudi Arabia on Monday, said extremist propaganda that “confuses the young men” was to blame for the terror attacks.
He said the attacks were staged to “darken” the festivities as Muslims celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday.
Police in the North Caucasus region said in another attack two Muslim terrorists armed with knives attempted to enter the district police department in the town of Shali and inflicted wounds on two police employees on duty before being shot and eliminated.
At least one female bystander was also wounded in the terror attack.
In another attack in Shali, two Muslim terrorists tried to blow up a truck loaded with gas canisters in a suicide bombing, but the vehicle failed to explode. The two were shot and eliminated by police.
There were also attacks in Grozny. In one attack, a Muslim terrorist was shot and eliminated after hitting a traffic policeman with his car.
There were also reports of a shoot-out between police officers and terrorists at the intersection between Pervyomaiskaya and Isaev streets in Grozny.
Chechnya’s Interior Minister Ruslan Alkhanov said the attackers “attempted to destabilize the situation in Chechnya” but have been stopped. He said no officers were killed.