Islamic State claims responsibility for murder of police officer in Chechnya

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a knife attack on police on Monday in the capital of Russia’s southern Chechnya region, Al-Naba newspaper affiliated with the group reported on Friday.

Two knife-wielding attackers had charged at officers patrolling traffic in the downtown area of Grozny, killing one officer and seriously injuring another. The poor and mainly Muslim region has seen previous attacks on security officials and an insurgency since Moscow fought two wars with separatists after the 1991 Soviet Union breakup.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said the attackers were brothers from the neighbouring region of Ingushetia who worked at a bakery in Chechnya. The two were shot dead while trying to flee the scene in a car.

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