A terror attack in Chechnya kills five police, wounds 13

Five police officers were killed and 13 others were wounded in Sunday's terror attack in Grozny, a medical source in the North Caucasus Federal District told Interfax.

The suicide bomber who blew himself up in Grozny has been identified as Grozny resident Opti Mudarov, aged 19, a source familiar with the situation told Interfax.

He denied earlier reports claiming that the terrorists has survived. "Opti Mudarov was killed," he said.

A terror attack that could have led to mass fatalities has been prevented in Grozny, said Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic.

"Policemen stopped a young man at an entrance to the venue where Grozny City Day celebrations were taking place. The young man had a pistol and he introduced himself as a police officer. He blew himself up before policemen approached him to check his identity," Kadyrov said.

He said the police officers' professionalism and vigilance helped prevent the terrorist from reaching the crowd.

State awards will be conferred posthumously on the police officers who prevented the terror attack.

"Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev has instructed the relevant services to draw up award documents for the police officers who stopped a terrorist in Grozny on Sunday before he could reach the venue of a public event," the Interior Ministry's press service told Interfax.

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