Amnesty Condemns Chechnya Suicide Bombing
Russian Federation: Amnesty International strongly condemns suicide bombing in Chechnya
As the bereaved families mourn the victims of the suicide bomb attack in the capital of the Chechen republic Grozny, Amnesty International strongly condemns this deliberate targeting of civilians.
"There can be no justification for the deliberate targeting of unarmed civilians. This act is a violation of the basic requirements of international humanitarian law, in particular those protecting civilians. We unequivocally condemn all such attacks. The perpetrators must be brought to justice but the attack should not be exploited to justify targeting of Chechens in Moscow and elsewhere in the Russian Federation," Amnesty International stressed today.
According to press reports
at least 46 people were killed and many were wounded when
two vehicles packed with explosives smashed into the main
building of the Moscow-backed Chechen administration in
Grozny on 27 December 2002. Chechen fighters claimed
responsibility on their website for the attack.