Attacks on police in Chechnya injure several soldiers, Daesh propaganda channel claims responsibility

In this file photo Chechnya's Special Forces perform at a military parade in the republic's capital of Grozny in 2015. (Reuters)
Updated 20 August 2018
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Attacks on police in Chechnya injure several soldiers, Daesh propaganda channel claims responsibility

  • One assailant attempted a suicide bombing but failed
  • Two policemen were wounded in the town of Shali, and several traffic police officers sustained injuries in capital Grozny

MOSCOW: Armed assailants attacked policemen in various locations in the Russian republic of Chechnya on Monday, the region’s leader said, adding that several officers sustained injuries.
One assailant attempted a suicide bombing but failed, Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov said.
Two policemen were wounded in the town of Shali, and several traffic police officers sustained injuries in capital Grozny, Kadyrov wrote on his official Telegram social networking account.
“The bandits have been neutralized,” he added.
Kadyrov, who was visiting Saudi Arabia on Monday, said extremist propaganda that “confuses the young men” was to blame for the assaults.
“The situation in Grozny and Chechnya is absolutely calm,” he said.
Police in the North Caucasus region said two men armed with knives attempted to enter the Shali district police department and “inflicted wounds on two police employees on duty” before being shot dead.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks, the SITE monitoring group reported, citing the extremists’ main propaganda agency Amaq.
“Fighters from Daesh attacked Chechen police officers and elements in Grozny and Shali in Mesker-Yurt,” Amaq said, according to SITE. Officials in Russia confirmed that several policemen were injured. No official confirmation of Daesh’s responsibility has been given.
Chechnya’s interior minister Ruslan Alkhanov said the assailants “attempted to destabilize the situation in Chechnya” but have been stopped. He said no officers were killed.


Muslim rebel commanders transform into Philippine officials

Updated 9 min 34 sec ago
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Muslim rebel commanders transform into Philippine officials

  • The Philippines and Western governments and the guerrillas see Muslim autonomy as an antidote to ease nearly half a century of Muslim secessionist violence
  • About 12,000 combatants are expected to be demobilized starting this year under the peace deal

MANILA, Philippines: Some of the fiercest Muslim rebel commanders in the southern Philippines are in Manila to be sworn in as administrators of a new Muslim autonomy region in a delicate milestone to settle one of Asia’s longest-raging rebellions.
President Rodrigo Duterte will lead a ceremony Friday to name Moro Islamic Liberation Front leader Murad Embrahim and some of his top commanders as administrators of a transition government for the five-province Bangsamoro region.
About 12,000 combatants are expected to be demobilized starting this year under the peace deal.
The Philippines and Western governments and the guerrillas see Muslim autonomy as an antidote to ease nearly half a century of Muslim secessionist violence, which the Daesh group could exploit to gain a foothold.