Chechen terrorists chanting "Allahu Ackbar" attacked the Chechen Parliament earlier today, causing at least six deaths and 10 injuries. Russian authorities say that all the attackers were killed.
The attack included at least one suicide bomber and several others carrying automatic weapons:
At least one attacker appears to have set off a suicide bomb just outside the building before the others rushed inside, exchanging fire with security guards.The terrorists apparently followed the car of a high ranking parliamentarian into Grozny before carrying out the attack. Two terrorists were apparently cornered by special forces, but blew themselves up rather than be captured by forces loyal to Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov.
They could be heard shouting "Allahu Akbar" - Arabic for "God is great" - as they ran inside, according to Chechen security sources.
A spokesman for the Chechen parliament, Zelim Yakhikhanov, said deputies had feared they would be taken hostage when they heard shooting outside the building.
"We managed to take refuge on the third floor where we stayed until the end of the operation," he told AFP news agency.
Mr Kadyrov said the operation to suppress the attack took between 15 and 20 minutes. The official killed was reportedly the parliamentary bursar.
Chechnya remains a hotbed for terrorism, with Russian suppression mixing with Islamic ideologies and longstanding animosities to create favorable conditions for ongoing violence.