Aug. 31 - A suicide bomb attack leaves at least nine people dead in Chechnya's capital Grozny during celebrations at the end of the Muslim festival of Ramadan. Nick Rowlands reports.
The aftermath of a triple suicide bomb attack in the Chechen capital of Grozny that killed at least nine people. An Interior Ministry official said one attacker blew himself up at a police post about 150 metres from parliament, killing two police officers. Two other bombers set off their explosives 20 minutes later, once more police and emergency workers had arrived, killing another seven police officers, an emergency worker, and a civilian. 22 people are in hospital, six of them in grave condition. The attack, one of the deadliest in Grozny in recent years, took place on Tuesday during celebrations marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. It undermines efforts by the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov to portray Chechnya as a secure province in the north Caucasus. An Islamist insurgency rooted in the Chechen wars aims to carve out an independent state in the region, and has spread to neighbouring Muslim provinces. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.