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Caucasus Report

Who Was Behind The Grozny Attacks?

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Khusein Gakayev
Khusein Gakayev
The North Caucasus insurgency perpetrated a series of terrorist attacks in Grozny last night, killing at least eight people and injuring 22. No faction has yet claimed responsibility. The modus operandi suggests the attacks were the work of the Gakayev brothers, rather than of the Riyadus Salikhiin suicide squad commanded by self-styled Caucasus Emir Doku Umarov's naib (deputy) Aslan Byutukayev (aka Emir Khamzat).

Russian media report that one militant blew himself up on the street in Grozny when police approached him to check his documents, killing two of them. A second militant blew himself up half an hour later when more police had gathered at the site of the first blast.

The Caucasus Emirate's main website,, gives a slightly different version of events, quoting its own unidentified sources. It denies that any attempt was made at checking the identity of the first suicide bomber and claims that a third fighter opened fire on police after the second blast. What happened to him is unclear. Kavkazcenter gives a far higher death toll, of at least 20.

The deployment on suicide missions directed against pro-Moscow Chechen police and security personnel of a small group of fighters who coordinate their activities is the hallmark of the Gakayev brothers, Khusein and Muslim.

Muslim Gakayev told RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service in June 2009 that the southeastern Shali sector he commands had trained 20 militants to carry out suicide missions.

By contrast, the Riyadus Salikhiin suicide battalion, originally established by renegade field commander Shamil Basayev, operates primarily against targets outside Chechnya, elsewhere in the Russian Federation, such as the January suicide attack on Moscow's Domodedovo Airport.

Khusein Gakayev was one of the four senior commanders who split with Umarov in August 2010, accusing him of acting autocratically without ever consulting second-echelon commanders. He has since realigned with Umarov for reasons that remain unclear.

It was Gakayev's breakaway faction who were behind the audacious attack exactly one year ago on Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov's home village of Khosi-Yurt, and on the parliament building in Chechnya on October 19, 2010. Dozens of pro-Moscow Chechen police and security personnel died in those two attacks. Since then, however, Gakayev's men have carried out only sporadic low-level attacks and ambushes on Russian and pro-Russian Chechen forces in southeastern Chechnya.

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by: alex from: USA
September 01, 2011 06:17
Your question is stupid. Did you not notice,that two months ago the chechen rebels reunited???? All of them are under command of Dokka Umarov again! Umarov promised in exchange to this new loyalty,that he will now concentrate his fight specifically on Chechnya and Kadyrov!!! In september and october we will see a big rebel-offensive against the Kadyrovtsy-militias! Maybe including assassination-attempts against Kadyrov personally.

by: eric d from: IF Idaho USA
September 02, 2011 22:18
What would be accomplished by more Chechen terrorist attacks? Except to ramp up another War in Chechnya. As for Doku Umarov, Chechen Press has an interesting interview ("Doku Umarov--Amir & Agent") with a Russian Novaya Gazetta journalist & MVD contact who "alleges" DU works with the FSB to spread terrorist/counter/terrorist violence in the North Caucasus. Whether true or not, it's undoubtedly the case that the FSB has repeatedly instigated terrorist attacks using Chechen double agents to keep its reign of terror over the North Caucasus in place. Of course, Kadyrov is an assassin & criminal & should be deposed ("democratically" & "non-violently"...). But terrorist violence only breeds more terrorist violence in a self-perpertiating cycle. And the self-styled "emirs" of the "North Caucasus" emirate only carry on their un-holy war at the expense of innocent lives... just like the FSB. Will the day come when will Chechens & Ingush & etc, ever be able to live human lives? Without being terrorizied by both sides?...

by: Абдуллах from: Imarat Kaukasus
September 07, 2011 10:39
There is no doubt that the mujahideen nikagogo Caucasus win. Since all peoples of the Caucasus like Sharia law. A Russian sooner or later here ubratsya. It's just a matter of time Insha Allah. and ALLAHUAKBAR!

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This blog presents analyst Liz Fuller's personal take on events in the region, following on from her work in the "RFE/RL Caucasus Report." It also aims, to borrow a metaphor from Tom de Waal, to act as a smoke detector, focusing attention on potential conflict situations and crises throughout the region. The views are the author's own and do not represent those of RFE/RL.