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Tuesday
Oct192010

Chechen Parliament Attacked; Several Injured

Photo Courtesy - Viskhan Magomadov/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- UPDATE: An attack on the parliament building in Chechnya Tuesday morning killed at least four militants and three policemen, according to Russian news reports.  Twenty-one others were injured, including four militiamen, six police officers and 11 civilians.

Four militants invaded the building in southern Russia, reportedly gaining entry to the building by following a car carrying deputies.   According to Russian news agencies, one of the militants blew himself up in a suicide bomb mission, while the others stormed the building where a shootout broke out with police.

The attack took place as ministers were arriving for work.  The speaker of the parliament escaped the attack unharmed, and the deputies inside the building at the time were taken to safety.

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov said security forces successfully took out all four militants in an operation that took around 15-to-20 minutes to complete.

Early reports indicated that no civilians were injured or killed.

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