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20 Oct, 2010 06:24

Probable organizer of Grozny attack named by Chechen government

The Chechen Interior Ministry blames the Grozny attack on Tuesday morning on Hussein Gakayev, a new terrorist leader of the region.

Gakaev recently left the group of terrorists headed by Doku Umarov, and is supposedly trying to show Al-Qaeda that he is capable of heading terrorist groups.

Umarov is Number One on the list of people wanted by the Russian Federal Security Service, as he is the one who took the responsibility for the terrorist attacks in the Moscow Metro in March, 2010, that left 40 people dead. Doku Umarov was called an international terrorist, also linked with Al-Qaeda by US authorities.

On Tuesday morning four militants drove into the parking zone of the Parliament of the Chechen Republic, following a car of one of the Parliament members. The militants opened fire, killing several security guides, broke into the building, where they got blocked.

Both Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, and Rashid Nurgaliev, the Russian Interior Minister, reported the anti-terrorist operation to be short and successful. All the militants were killed, their bodies yet to be identified.

The terrorists killed three people during the attack, including two militiamen and one civilian, and injured another seventeen people.

There have been contradictory reports about the attack in Grozny. There was information, later denied, that one of the militants escaped with hostages. It was also falsely reported that the building was mined, and that one of the Parliament members was injured.

The whole area around the place of attack is being cleaned, and today the Chechen parliament resumes its normal working hours.

Victims of the attack and their families will be receiving compensation from the government.

The security measures throughout Chechnya and on the borders with other republics have been tightened.

Many terror attacks that have recently taken place in Russia were associated with international terrorist groups. Just a few months after the Moscow attacks, an explosion took place in the city of Pyatigorsk, with 30 people injured. Another major attack occurred in September, 2010, in Vladikavkaz, when a suicide bomber drove a car into the city’s central market, leaving 19 people dead and another 200 injured.

In addition, Russian security forces not long ago arrested Aidar Khabibullin, who was spreading extremist literature just outside Moscow. He is the leader of an international terror group based in Turkey.