Incident Summary:

08/08/2000: Chechen rebels were blamed for an explosion that killed twelve people and wounded 94 at the subway station in Pushkin Square, Moscow, Russian Federation. Aslan Maskhadov, leader of Chechen separatists, however, denied Chechen involvement in the attack.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:

Moscow (Federal City)


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Subway Station
Specific Description Subway Station in Pushkin Square, Moscow, Russian Federation
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
The bomb was composed of TNT and weighed somewhere between 400gm and 1.5kg.
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 Achille Amerio, the number two at the Italian embassy, informed the Kremlin an hour and a half before the attack that a bombing would occur. Two Chechens were detained in relation to the attacks.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Chechen Rebels (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities / 94 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 94
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Second bomb found after fatal city blast," The Advertiser, August 10, 2000."
"Italian Foreign Ministry Got Tip-Off Ahead of Moscow Bomb,” Milan Il Giornale, August 12, 2000."
"Russia: Chechen Rebel Leader Maskhadov Denies Responsibility For Moscow Blast,” Segodnya, August 8, 2000."