Incident Summary:

09/13/1999: Chechen rebels were suspected of the bombing of an apartment building at 6 Kashirskoye Highway in Moscow, Russian Federation, which killed 118 people, injured an unknown number, and caused significant damage to the building. In 2004, Adam Dekkushev, 42, and Yusuf Krymshamkhalov, 37 were sentenced to life imprisonment for their parts in organizing and perpetrating this bombing, as well as the first Moscow apartment bombing and the Volgodonsk apartment bombing, all in September 1999.




Eastern Europe

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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 Residents of an apartment building in Moscow, Russian Federation
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives 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
Additional Information This was one of three related attacks (cf. 199909090002; 199909130003; 199909160002). By 2003, Investigators had determined that the following perpetrators were involved in the Moscow and Volgodonsk bombings: Emir al-Khattab, Abu Umar, Achemez Gochiyayev, Khakim Abayev, Denis Saitakov, Zaur Batchayev, Timur Batchayev, Adam Dekkushev and Yusuf Krymshamkhalov. Khattab, Umar, Z. Batchayev, and T. Batchayev had all reportedly died by this time, Abayev reportedly died in 2004, and Gochiyayev was still at large. Dekkushev and Krymshamkhalov were arrested in 2003 and sentenced for these attacks in 2004. These attacks, along with a fourth in Dagestan (cf. 199909040001) have often been cited as pretexts for Russia's military intervention in Chechnya, which began on October 1, 1999.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Chechen Rebels (suspected) Commander Ibn al-Khattab No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 118 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 118
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Angela Charlton, "118 Killed in Moscow Explosion," The Associated Press, September 14, 1999.
“Itar-Tass domestic news digest of September 13,” TASS, September 13, 1999.
“Two terrorists sentenced to life imprisonment in Moscow,” TASS, January 12, 2004.