Incident Summary:

01/05/1999: Two motorcyclists adhered explosives to the vehicle of the head of the Tehran judiciary, Hojjat ol-Eslam Ali Razini, in Tehran, Iran. Five were injured and one died from the blast. Ali Razini survived but suffered injuries in the leg, abdomen and chest. Mahdaviyat was blamed for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government Official
Specific Description Hojjat ol-Eslam Ali Razini in Tehran, Iran
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Sticky Bomb
Weapon Details
The bomb was attached to the car.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mahdaviyat No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Iran: MKO Group Reportedly Claims Responsibility for Assassination Attempt,” IRNA News Agency, January 6, 1999.
“Attempt on Razini's Life Blamed on Hashemi's Group, Not MKO,” Tehran Times, January 10, 1999.
“Guards commander blames extremist Shi'i group for bid to kill judicial official,” IRNA News Agency, April 24, 1999.