Coordinates: 43°24′00″N 45°42′58″E / 43.4°N 45.716°E / 43.4; 45.716

Grozny OMON ambush
Part of Second Chechen War
DateApril 18, 2002
Result Rebel victory
Flag of the Chechen Republic.svg Chechen OMON Flag of Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.svg Chechen separatists
Casualties and losses
21 killed, 7 wounded At least 1 wounded

The 2002 Grozny OMON ambush occurred on April 18, 2002, when Chechen insurgents killed about 21[1] and wounded seven republican OMON special police officers.

The ambush occurred just 90 meters from Chechnya's main police headquarters. The first bus in a convoy hit a remote controlled mine, and the militants then opened fire on the line of vehicles from the ruins of a nearby high-rise building.

Another version of the attack was presented by Nezavisimaya Gazeta, which claimed there were two connected attacks.[2]

The incident preceded by two hours President Vladimir Putin's mid-term state-of-the-nation address, in which he said the "military phase" of the Chechen conflict had been completed.


  1. ^ 21 Officers Die in Grozny Blast
  2. ^ "SECURITY FORCES CARRY OUT A LARGE "ZACHISTKA" IN CHECHEN CAPITAL". Archived from the original on 2006-10-17. Retrieved 2007-03-29.

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