2014 Grozny clashes
On 4 December 2014, a group of armed militants of the Jihadist organization Caucasus Emirate attacked a traffic police checkpoint outside the city of Grozny, Chechnya, Russia. The militants then entered the city and occupied the "Press House" building in the city center and a nearby school.
According to the BBC, the Islamists had claimed to have launched a suicide attack in response to purported attacks by local forces on Muslim women.
On 4 December 2014, a group of Islamist militants in three vehicles killed three traffic policemen, after the latter had attempted to stop them at a checkpoint in the outskirts of Grozny. The militants then occupied a press building and an abandoned school, located in the center of the city. Launching a counter-terrorism operation, security forces, with the use of armored vehicles, attempted to storm the buildings and a firefight ensued.
It has been suggested by The New York Times and The Washington Post writers that the timing of the attack purposefully coincided with president Vladimir Putin's delivery of an annual state-of-the-nation speech in Moscow.
In modern times, the conflict (with the first uprising in 1785) has included the First Chechen War (1994–1996), the War of Dagestan (1999), the Second Chechen War (1999–2009), the 2002 Grozny truck bombing, and the Insurgency in the North Caucasus (2009–present). Recent events have included the 2010 Chechen Parliament attack, and the 2014 Grozny bombing. The 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis begun by Chechen and Ingush terrorists ended with the deaths of 385 people.
Russian president, Vladimir Putin, responded in his annual speech, that "these 'rebels' have shown up in Chechnya again. I'm sure, the local law enforcement authorities will take proper care of them." The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said, the "bandits" had died "a dog's death".
Time magazine noted, that Putin's state-of-the-nation speech was greeted at best with polite applause, as Kremlin critic Carl Bildt, Sweden's former Minister of Foreign Affairs, tweeted: "Street battle in Grozny? Moscow should have more pressing priorities than destabilising Ukraine."
- Атака на Грозный, Radio Liberty, 6 December 2014.
- "Russia Chechnya: Deadly rebel attack rocks Grozny". BBC News. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- Walker, Shaun (4 December 2014). "Gun battles erupt in Chechnya's capital after militants launch attack". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- "Putin thanks Kadyrov, Chechen law enforcers for counterterrorism operation in Grozny". ITAR-TASS (Moscow). 5 December 2014. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
- "В спецоперации в Грозном уничтожено 11 боевиков, заявил Кадыров". 5 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
- "Во время спецоперации в Грозном погибли 14 полицейских". 5 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
- "Chechen militants attack Grozny, shattering peace as Putin gives speech". The Washington Post. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- Kramer, Andrew E.; MacFarquhar, Neil (4 December 2014). "Islamic Militants Wage Fierce Attack on Grozny, Chechnya’s Capital". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- Gall, Carlotta; De Waal, Thomas (1 November 1999). "Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus". NYU Press. p. 38.
- Parfitt, Tom (4 December 2014). "At least 19 people dead as Islamists clash with police in Chechnya". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- Luhn, Alec (5 December 2014). "Chechnya's Islamist Insurgency Rears Its Head Once Again in Deadly Grozny Gunfight". Vice News. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- Simon Shuster (4 December 2014), "Putin's Rambling State of the Nation Speech Unnerves Russia's Elites", Time