Published on Dec 4, 2014
The burnt exterior of the Press House, a local media agency, is seen in the Chechen capital Grozny on Dec 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
GROZNY/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Gunmen stormed a building in Chechnya's regional capital of Grozny on Thursday killing 16 people, including 10 police, hours before President Vladimir Putin vowed in a policy speech to defend Russia against what he called efforts to dismember it.
Chechnya's Kremlin-backed leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, wrote on his Instagram account that "six terrorists were annihilated" after they had opened fire at a police patrol car, killing three officers and then stormed offices housing local media.
The attack by unknown gunmen underlines the fragile security situation in Chechnya more than a decade after Putin sent troops to quell a separatist Islamist insurgency there. "Those 'rebels' have again manifested themselves in Chechnya. I'm sure, the local guys, local low-enforcement bodies will cope with that... Let's support them," Putin said during his speech in Moscow.
He said Russia was surrounded by enemies who had sought to dismember it and destroy its economy. "This has not happened. We did not allow it." Ten policemen were killed and another 28 wounded in Thursday's attack, Russia's National Anti-terrorism Committee said. It said law enforcement officers killed some of the attackers.
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