Incident Summary:

03/28/1999: Three unidentified perpetrators in a jeep attempted to fire grenades at the United States Embassy in Moscow during a pro-Serbian rally. The grenades failed to launch and police attempted to stop the perpetrators by firing on the jeep. A previously unknown group called SKIF claimed responsibility for the attack.

GTD ID:
199903280008

When:
1999-03-28

Country:
Russia

Region:
Eastern Europe

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Moscow

City:
Arbat

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity U.S. Department of State
Specific Description United States Embassy in Moscow
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
The RPGs malfunctioned when the perpetrators attempted to use them.
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
Additional Information The attack happened during a pro-Serbian rally protesting NATO intervention in Kosovo. The three suspects who were arrested were later determined not to be the perpetrators.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
SKIF Detachment Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
“Witness Gives Details on US Embassy Attack,” NTV, March 28, 1999.
“Three Suspects Arrested in US Embassy Attack,” NTV, March 28, 1999.
“FSB: Special Unit SKIF Claims Responsibility for Shooting at U.S. Embassy,” Interfax Russian News, March 31,1999.