In Chechnya, the Muslim-dominant area of Russia (from where the Boston Marathon bombers originated), two officers and a worshiper were killed as armed Islamic militants attempted to storm an Orthodox church and take hostages. The attack was thwarted by law enforcement officers, who shot dead the four Islamic militants.
Daily Caller Police in Chechnya killed four Islamic militants Saturday when the group raided a Russian Orthodox church with guns, axes and Molotov cocktails.
Shots rang out during Saturday’s service and cries of “Allahu Akbar” could be heard as congregants scrambled to close and bolt the doors, Father Sergiy, the priest at Archangel Michael Church in Chechnya’s capital of Grozny, said, according to The Associated Press.
The terrorists killed one congregant outside the church building, wounded another inside the church as they attempted to gain entry, and killed two officers when police arrived on the scene, according to The New York Times. Policemen gunned down all four attackers.
Islamic militants, some loyal to ISIS, have carried out sporadic attacks throughout Muslim majority Chechneya in the past, especially in the province of Dagestan and other regions in the North Caucasus. Chechnyan locals have also traveled to Syria to fight with ISIS.
The attack was deliberately done during the holy (but deadly) month of Ramadan in order to destabilize the situation.