EOS Alerts 2-7-2019
Russia: Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Attack in Chechnya
On 1 July, an unidentified assailant attacked a police checkpoint outside of Bamut in Chechnya, stabbing a police officer with a knife before throwing a grenade. The police officer died from his wounds on the way to the hospital. The attacker was shot and killed. Islamic State (IS) later released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack. Similar attacks are possible in Chechnya in the coming weeks.
There is a high threat of terrorism in Russia, with the US Department of State assessing Russia to be a high-threat location for terrorist activity. Terrorist activity in Russia was historically focussed in the North Caucasus, with the Russian government fighting militants associated with the Caucasus Emirate, Islamic State (IS) and IS-linked elements. During its peak between 2007 and 2010, thousands of people were killed, injured and detained, with most of the violence concentrated in the North Caucasus republics of Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia and Kabardino-Balkaria. Report any suspicious activity to the authorities and remain vigilant.