Incident Summary:

3/22/2000: Arkady Gukasyan, the unofficial president of the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, was shot and wounded as he was driving home in Stepanakert, in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Azerbaijan. His driver and bodyguard were also injured in the attack. The former Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Minister Samvel Babayan and his brother, Stepanakert Mayor Karo Babayan, were arrested in connection to the attack. Government authorities stated that the attack was designed to undermine democratic reform.




Central Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The centre of Stepanakert, in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Nagorno-Karabakh enclave government
Specific Description Arkady Gukasyan, the unofficial president of the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave
Nationality of Target Azerbaijan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description The driver and bodyguard of the unofficial president
Nationality of Target Azerbaijan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Gunmen wound president of Nagorno-Karabakh in ambush," Dow Jones International News, March 22, 2000.
"Attempt on the life of Nagorny Karabakh president," Prime News, March 22, 2000.
Tigran Liloyan, "2 officials arrested in Karabakh assassination attempt case," ITAR-TASS News Agency, March 22, 2000.