Heavily-armed Islamist rebels stormed the Russian state Chechnya's capital, Grozny, today (December 4, 2014), resulting in at least 20 deaths in fierce gun battles that followed, according to the Euro News website.
The rebels attacked a police checkpoint before moving to a school and a building housing the media where they battled members of the security forces.
Ten policemen were killed and nearly 30 injured according to Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee, which said 10 suspected militants also died in the fighting.
Footage obtained by Reuters showed clashes that included persistent small arms fire and what looked like a shoulder-fired missile striking the media building. An Islamist group has claimed responsibility for the raid.