Incident Summary:

12/28/2020: Two assailants armed with knives attacked police officers and attempted to steal their weapons in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia. One police officer and both assailants were killed and a second police officer was injured in the attack. The Caucasus Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Russian Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Two knives 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
Additional Information The victims included Magomed Djabrailov.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Caucasus Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Policeman killed in Chechnya knife attack," Reuters India, December 28, 2020.
"One Police Officer, Two Attackers Killed In Knife Attack In Chechnya’s Grozny," South Front, December 29, 2020.
"Ramzan Kadyrov reports calm situation in Grozny after militants' attack," Caucasian Knot, December 29, 2020.