Incident Summary:

07/02/2000: At least 50 Russian servicemen were killed and 81 were wounded by a suicide truck bomb outside of a dormitory housing Russian troops and special police units in Argun, Chechnya, Russia. Chechen rebels claimed responsibility for the incident in a call after the attack.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Russian Military
Specific Description Russian Military dormitory in Argun
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
A suicide truck-bomb exploded next to the dormitory.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Chechen Rebels Commander Ramzan Akhmadov Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 50 Fatalities / 81 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 50
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 81
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Lyoma Turpalov, “At least 49 people killed in Chechen truck bombings,” The Associated Press, July 3, 2000.
James Hansam, “Fifty Russians killed in rebel suicide attacks,” The Evening Standard (London), July 3, 2000.
Dmitry Zaks, “Chechen Suicide Bombers Kill at Least 60,” Paris Agence France Presse, July 3, 2000.