Woman blows herself up in Chechen capital Grozny — RIA

A Chechen Interior Ministry servicemen stands guard at the site of the counter-terrorism operation, near a local media building known as the Press House, in the Chechen capital Grozny, in this December 4, 2014 file photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 18 November 2018
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Woman blows herself up in Chechen capital Grozny — RIA

  • The wider North Caucasus region remains volatile, however, with unemployment and corruption pushing some young men to embrace radical Islam

MOSCOW: A young woman blew herself up on Saturday near a police checkpoint in the Chechen capital Grozny in southern Russia but nobody else was killed or injured, RIA news agency said.
Police asked her to stop and present her documents but when she refused to obey they saw she was carrying a home-made explosive device. They fired a warning shot and she detonated the device, Interfax news agency reported.
The once restive province of Chechnya has been mostly calm in recent years under the iron rule of regional strongman Ramzan Kadyrov after Moscow fought two wars with separatists in the 1990s and 2000s following the breakup of the Soviet Union.
However, in August militants staged a series of attacks on police targets in Chechnya and Daesh claimed responsibility, without providing any evidence.
The wider North Caucasus region remains volatile, however, with unemployment and corruption pushing some young men to embrace radical Islam.


Taliban say talks focus on US withdrawal from Afghanistan

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Taliban say talks focus on US withdrawal from Afghanistan

  • The Taliban say their latest talks with the US envoy focused on the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan
  • The Taliban control nearly half of Afghanistan, and are more powerful than at any time since the 2001 US-led invasion

ISLAMABAD: The Taliban say their latest talks with the US envoy focused on the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan, the release of prisoners and halting attacks on civilians by pro-government forces.
US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with the Taliban this week in the United Arab Emirates, with Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati officials also participating. The Afghan government sent a delegation to the UAE but it did not take part in the talks.
Khalilzad tweeted Wednesday that the talks were “productive,” without mentioning the Taliban by name.
Since being appointed in September, Khalilzad has met with all sides to try to restart peace talks aimed at ending America’s longest war.
The Taliban control nearly half of Afghanistan, and are more powerful than at any time since the 2001 US-led invasion.