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Chechen Leader Blames Law Enforcement Agencies For Grozny Attack

The pro-Russian leader of Chechnya has said law enforcement agencies in the Russian North Caucasus republic failed in their duty by allowing an attack in the capital Grozny that left 14 policemen dead and 36 wounded.

Ramzan Kadyrov told journalists on December 26 that ability of the armed group to enter the Chechen capital on December 4 and seize the publishing house "was our fault and the fault of our law enforcement agencies…a shortcoming for which we paid dearly."

Kadyrov also vowed he would not relent in punishing relatives of terrorists by evicting them from Chechnya and destroying their homes as he announced the day after the attack in Grozny.

Chechen authorities already have torched the homes of several militants and their families sparking an outcry from Russian and international rights organizations.

Later December 26 in a message posted on his Twitter account, Kadyrov said there would be no amnesty for militants in Chechnya.

"The remaining bandits are zombies and cannot be changed, there was a time when we gave them a chance but they didn’t take it, they won’t have another such chance," Kadyrov wrote.

Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax