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Magda Hassan
10-19-2010, 08:18 AM
A special operation in the centre of Grozny has drawn to a close. By preliminary reports, some people died, others were wounded, says the Chechen Interior Ministry.
Reports about the incident in downtown Grozny are still largely conflicting.
The security agencies of the North Caucasus Federal District claim that rebel fighters have sneaked into the building of the Chechen Parliament.
According to other sources, militants attacked the building of the Agriculture Ministry.
The Grozny centre is now cordoned off. The Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev, currently on a working visit to Chechnya, has been briefed on the emergency event.

http://english.ruvr.ru/2010/10/19/26964624.html
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Separatist violence erupts around Chechen parliament in Grozny



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Violence broke out in Russia's Caucasus province of Chechnya on Tuesday. Separatist Islamist militants briefly stormed the parliament building in Grozny, causing casualties and taking hostages.





Russian security forces have killed several Chechen separatist rebels who had attempted an attack on the parliament building in Grozny.

According to Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, all of the Islamist rebels were killed. Media reports suggested that as many as six people had died in the violence.

Fighting erupted around the parliament in the Chechen capital on Tuesday morning. According to Russian news agencies, a suicide bomber blew himself up in the grounds of the parliament leading to several fatalities.

AFP news agency quoted a local official as saying that the militants then briefly managed to seize the parliament building, taking a number of hostages.

The volatile region in the Russian North Caucasus has been fighting an Islamist separatist insurgency in Chechnya and its neighboring regions in the Caucasus for years.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia fought two successive wars in the province to stamp out separatist ambitions.

The war officially ended in 2000, yet rebels have waged an increasingly deadly insurgency with unrest spreading into other mainly Muslim provinces of the Northern Caucasus such as Dagestan and Ingushetia.

The province has in recent years seen an improvement in security under Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov, although sporadic attacks have continued across Russia.

In March, two suicide bombers on the Moscow metro killed 40 and wounded more than 100 people.

Author: Andreas Illmer (AFP/apn)
Editor: Nancy Isenson




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