UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — ISIS’s Amaq agency announced that two men attacked a police station this week in the Russian Caucasus, killing at least one of the two members of the organization.
The two attackers stormed with their car a police checkpoint in the city of Magas, capital of the Republic of Ingushetia in the Russian Caucasus and the border with Chechnya. Local authorities reported that the two men then attacked the police with knives.
In a statement published late on Wednesday on the correspondent’s Telegram application, the Amaq agency confirmed that the attackers were “fighters within the ranks of the Islamic State”, adding that their attack killed two security forces and wounded many.
For its part, the Ingush authorities and Russian investigators announced the killing of a policeman and the injury of three others, without confirming the death of another person.
The two suspects in the attack are Ahmed Demagogue, a champion of rams born in 1996, and the other is Mikhail Meziyev, born in 2001, according to Russian news agencies quoting the authorities.
Meziyet was killed, while the other was wounded, while he was in the hospital, where he regained consciousness, according to the authorities.
And the Governor of Ingushetia Tuesday evening held the local police responsible for the attack, considering that its neglect of New Year’s Eve, which is widely celebrated in Russia, has facilitated its occurrence.
An investigation was opened on charges of attempting to kill members of the security forces, but no act of terrorism was reported.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Caucasus region during the nineties until 2009, was the scene of two wars between Moscow and the pro-independence rebellion in Chechnya, which gradually took on an Islamic character.
Since 2011, hundreds of Russians from Chechnya and their families have joined the ranks of jihadi organizations in Iraq and Syria.
The Islamic State regards the North Caucasus region as part of the territory of the “caliphate”, and has repeatedly claimed attacks in it, the last of which in June resulted in the injury of at least one person near the Presidential Palace in Chechnya.
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