Incident Summary:

07/15/2000: A mortar attack was carried out against the Iranian Intelligence Ministry in Tehran. The 12 explosions from a mortar attack damaging the Intelligence Ministry as well as surrounding buildings but caused no casualties. The People's Mujahedeen (MKO) claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Iranian Intelligence Ministry
Specific Description Intelligence Ministry Building in Tehran
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Twenty 82mm mortar rounds were used in the incident
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 Agence France Presse received a statement from the People's Mujahedeen (MKO) claiming responsibility and this was confirmed by the official Iranian news agency.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
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
"Blasts in north-east Tehran damage houses: radio," Agence France Presse, July 16, 2000.
"No one hurt in Teheran explosion," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, July 16, 2000.
"Mujahedeen mortar attack in northern Tehran caused no injuries, damage: IRNA," Agence France Presse, July 16, 2000.