Incident Summary:

03/13/1999: A bombing occurred in a crowded market in Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo, killing four people and injuring 40. While no one claimed responsibility, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) was suspected of the attack. The bombs were homemade with plastic explosives and wiring.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:

Kosovo (Province)

Kosovska Mitrovica

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians at local market in Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo
Nationality of Target Serbia-Montenegro
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 40 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 40
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Jovana Gec, “AP Photos PRI101-112, NYR103, BEL101-102,” Associated Press Worldstream, March 13, 1999.
Peter Finn, “3 Bombs Shake Kosovo on Eve of New Talks,” The Washington Post, March 14, 1999.
Calin Neacsu, “Explosions, deaths in Kosovo ahead of Paris peace talks,” Agence France Presse, March 13, 1999.