The official investigation into the attack on a military base in Chechnya’s Naursky District on 23 March has established that the six militants killed were local residents. Three of them were brothers. Two more militants managed to escape and are still at large.
On 21 March, local Ingush man Ilyas Albakov was detained in Ingushetia for his alleged involvement in an international terrorist organisation. According to the head of the Ingush Security Council, Akhmed Dzeytov, he is accused of being a member of the Islamic State in Syria. Other details of this case, including the time he spent with the Islamic State in Syria, have not been released.
A public council to socialise the families of slain militants and local security forces has been created in Ingushetia. The organisation will provide psychological and practical support, including help in finding employment.
A group of young men allegedly intending to travel to Syria in order to join the Islamic State were detained in Chechnya yesterday. All the detainees came from Shelkovsky District in northeastern Chechnya.
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An armed clash took place on the night of 29 January in Shali, Chechnya’s third largest city, between suspected militants and law enforcement officials. The shootout occurred in the city centre, near a police station. According to one version of the story, the militants fired at the building before trying to flee the scene. According to another version, a group of suspicious looking young people was stopped by police.
Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria, approximately 200 people from Ingushetia have joined the Islamic State. Of these, about 50 have died and 10 have returned to Ingushetia, according to Ingushetia’s acting Minister of Internal Affairs, Yury Muravyev.
Since the beginning of the Second Chechen war, the Chechen authorities, with assistance of the Russian special services, have pressured the relatives of militants. At first glance, the approach has worked. However, the ongoing, albeit sporadic attacks on police, suggest that the nature of this success has been illusory.