Incident Summary:

5/25/2000: A bomb exploded in a post office in Vinkovci, in eastern Croatia. Two people were killed and at least eight were injured in the explosion. It is possible that the bomb was detonated by a suicide bomber who entered the post office shortly before the explosion. There are also reports that the explosion came from the parcel department, pointing to the possibility of a parcel bomb. The post office was damaged in the attack.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
A post office in Vinkovci, 240 kilometers southeast of Zagreb

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 in a post office in Vinkovci
Nationality of Target Croatia
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 Letter Bomb
Weapon Details
A bomb that was either hidden in a parcel or carried in by a suicide bomber
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 Two sources state that a male suicide bomber carried the bomb in to the post office and detonated it. One source states that the bomb detonated in the parcel area, indicating that it was hidden in a parcel. Sources also differ in the number injured; one source states nine were injured while two sources state eight were injured.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suicide bomber kills self, one other in Croatia post office," Agence France-Presse, May 25, 2000.
"Two killed, eight wounded in eastern Croatia explosion," Associated Press, May 25, 2000.
"Two killed, nine wounded in Croatia bomb attack," Reuters, May 25, 2000.