GROZNY, May 19. /TASS/. Law enforcement authorities have identified all militants who attacked a church in Grozny, said Chechnya’s head Ramzan Kadyrov on his Telegram channel.
"Law enforcement authorities have identified all the eliminated militants. Two of them were residents of the village of Geldagan, and one was from the village of Argunsky located not far from Grozny. According to the Russian Interior Ministry for the Republic of Chechnya, the group’s chieftain was a native resident of a neighboring region," he wrote.
Investigative operations continue, he said. "Measures are being taken to identify possible associates of the eliminated criminals," Kadyrov noted. The situation in Grozny is generally calm, and no restrictions were introduced there, the Chechen head added.
According to the preliminary information of the Russian Investigative Committee, two police officers who had been guarding the St. Michael the Archangel's Church were killed in the attack, two policemen were injured and one civilian was killed. His identity is to be established. Four militants were eliminated. Knives and smoothbore weapons belonging to the criminals were found.
A criminal case was launched under Article 317 of the Russian Criminal Code ("Infringement on the life of a law enforcement officer").
Support will be provided to the families of the two officers of the Interior Ministry’s Interior Directorate for the Saratov Region who were killed in the attack, Kadyrov said.