Incident Summary:

05/19/2018: Four assailants armed with incendiary devices, firearms, and sharp weapons attempted to take parishioners hostage at the Archangel Michael Church in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia. Seven people, including a civilian, two police officers, and the four assailants, were killed while three others, including a civilian and two police officers, were injured in the ensuing clash. The Caucasus Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities doubted the veracity of this claim.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Russian Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Russia
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Archangel Michael Church
Specific Description Church
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Shotguns, Molotov cocktails, knives, and axes were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Caucasus Province of the Islamic State (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Islamic State claims responsibility for church attack in Chechnya," Jerusalem Post, May 20, 2018.
"Kadyrov doubts ISIL was behind Chechen church attack," Russia & CIS General Newswire, May 20, 2018.
"1st LD: 2 policemen, 1 civilian killed in terror attack in Russia's Chechen Republic," Xinhua General News Service, May 19, 2018.