Incident Summary:

03/19/1999: A bomb was detonated in the central market of Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia, Russia. The explosion killed 64 people and injured 104. The equivalent of 10 kg of TNT was placed in a car and detonated. According to the reports, an unnamed obscure Wahhabite group, with ties to al- Qaida strongly suspected, claimed responsibility. The name of the group was not given, but Osama Bin Laden or the Jordanian Chechnya field commander 'Hattab' were thought to be the masterminds. Two men, aged 18 and 33 were sought in connection with the attack.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:

North Ossetia-Alania


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilian
Specific Description Civilians at a marketplace Vladikavkaz, Russia
Nationality of Target Russia
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
The equivalent of 10kg of TNT placed in car and detonated by unknown method.
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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Chechen Rebels (suspected) Commander Ibn al-Khattab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 64 Fatalities / 104 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 64
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 104
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Russian market bomb toll hits 64 as probe gets underway,” Agence France Presse, March 20, 1999.
“TASS Roundup on Vladikavkaz Bomb,” ITAR-TASS World Service, March 19,1999.
“UPI Focus: 60 killed in Russian terrorist blast,” United Press International, March 19, 1999.