Parliament raid latest in string of Russian Caucasus attacks
Militants stormed parliament in Russia's region of Chechnya Tuesday, holding deputies and gunning down guards, in one of the gravest attacks in the conflict-torn region for years.
Herewith a timeline of recent major attacks by rebels in the republics of Russia's southern Caucasus region, where unrest has been endemic for most of the past 16 years:
- October 19: CHECHNYA: A group of rebels attacks the parliament building in the capital Grozny, killing four people, and are themselves killed in a bloody standoff with security forces.
- September 9: NORTH OSSETIA: At least 16 people die in a suicide bombing in a crowded market in Vladikavkaz, the capital.
- March 30: DAGESTAN: At least 12 people, including two bombers, die in double attacks in the Dagestan town of Kizlyar.
- August 17: INGUSHETIA: A truck packed with explosives rams through the gates of the police headquarters in Ingushetia's main city, Nazran, killing 24 and injuring more than 100.
- August 13: DAGESTAN: Eleven people, including four police officers, are killed in an attack on a police checkpoint.
- July 4: INGUSHETIA: Militants ambush a Chechen police convoy, killing 10 officers.
- November 6: NORTH OSSETIA: Eleven die in a suicide attack on a minibus at Vladikavkaz.
September 1-3: NORTH OSSETIA: Chechen separatists operating in the republic of North Ossetia take some 1,200 children, teachers and parents hostage at a school in the town of Beslan. The siege ends in a shootout with troops that kills at least 375 people, over half of them children.
- August 1: NORTH OSSETIA: Fifty people are killed in a truck bomb attack on a military hospital in Mozdok, claimed by Basayev.
- May 12: CHECHNYA: Sixty are killed when suicide bombers drive a truck packed with explosives into a government building in the northern village of Znamenskoye. The attack is claimed by leading Chechen rebel commander Shamil Basayev.
- December 27: CHECHNYA: Eighty-three people die in an attack carried out by three suicide bombers in front of the headquarters of the pro-Russian Chechen administration in Grozny.
- August 19: CHECHNYA: A giant Russian Mi-26 helicopter carrying both troops and civilians is shot down near Grozny by separatists, killing 121 people.
- May 9: DAGESTAN: Forty-three people die in the town of Kaspiysk when a bomb explodes in the midst of a military parade commemorating Russia's victory in World War II.
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