The RIA Novosti (Russian) website reports that at least eight people were killed and 22 injured today (August 31, 2011) in the largely Muslim-populated North Caucasus region of Russia, with two suicide attacks in the Chechen capital of Grozny.
The attacks took place during celebrations to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Chechnya's strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov said six policemen, an emergency official, and a civilian were killed. Five of the 22 injured are in critical condition.
Kadyrov said the attackers had "shown their real faces" by choosing "the most sacred day for all Muslims."