Bomb explosion in central Grozny

Suicide bomb attack in GroznyA suicide bomb attack in the Chechen capital, Grozny, killed at least seven people on 26 July 2009. The explosion occurred outside the Grozny theatre and concert hall at around 5 pm. The bomb killed the suicide bomber, four high-ranking police officers, and two civilians, according to Chechen authorities. Another ten were injured.

The suicide bomb attack took place two days after the so-called emissary of Chechen separatists, Akhmed Zakayev, declared in an interview with BBC that the armed resistance would cease on 1 August 2009. In talks in Oslo, Zakayev said he recognised the rule of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov.

Kavkaz Center, mouthpiece of the Chechen armed resistance, reports that the possible aim of the attack may have been Kadyrov himself. Witnesses reported seeing Kadyrov approaching the building accompanied by several bodyguards before the explosion.

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  1. Kadyrov threatens parents of suicide bomber

    “People who prepare and commit such crimes cannot be called people; they are dogs, and they should be destroyed without mercy,” said Kadyrov. He added that parents need to know what their children are doing, and not allow them to take up arms and become bandits.

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