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6 killed in Chechen parl attack
Moscow/Grozny, Oct 19 (Agencies):
Published on 19 Oct. 2010 11:03 PM IST
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At least six people were killed and 17 injured when heavily armed insurgents attacked the Chechen parliament in Grozny on Tuesday, Russian officials said.
At least two police officers and a member of the parliament’s administrative staff were among the dead, the Ria Novosti news agency reported, quoting a police source.
According to Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, all of the insurgents - who reportedly took hostages at one point - were ‘eliminated.’
Hours after the incident, the exact amount of attackers remained unclear, however, with estimates ranging from three to six.
A spokesman for Russia’s Investigative Committee said suspected Islamist separatists were behind the attack.
The head of the parliament’s security committee, Vladimir Vasilyev, told Ria Novosti that the insurgents reached the fourth floor of the building before security forces caught up with them.
Officials said the insurgents drove into the parliament complex undetected with a convoy of official vehicles. One of the insurgents blew himself up shortly afterwards, while the others entered the building, where a shoot-out with security forces ensued. Parliamentary leaders and delegates were swiftly evacuated in armoured vehicles, state television reported. Federal Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev praised officials for reacting in a professional manner.
Officials said they had informed Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that all parliamentarians inside the building at the time were safe.
The area was sealed off as police scoured the building for booby traps.
The attack is the latest violence in the restive North Caucasus region, where Islamist separatists are challenging Moscow’s authority with the aim of establishing an independent ‘emirate.’ Chechnya has counted as Russia’s most dangerous trouble spot for almost 20 years.

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