Incident Summary:

08/17/2000: Two blasts occurred within 10 minutes of each other in the Norwegian-owned Centrs supermarket in the central part of Riga, Latvia. 35 people were injured in the attack. One of the injured later died in a hospital. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:

Riga (City)


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Norwegian Owned Businesses
Specific Description Centrs shopping complex in Riga's Old Town
Nationality of Target Norway
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 Time Fuse
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
It is believed that 300 to 400 grams of TNT was used in the first bomb. The second bomb contained hexogen which was the same substance used in the September 1999 bombing attacks in Russia.
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information The team of investigators working on this case reached an agreement with representatives from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about cooperating together to investigate of this attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 34 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 34
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Woman dies from injuries in Latvian supermarket bombing,” Agence France Presse, August 21, 2000.
Steven C. Johnson, “2 Bomb blasts in Latvia leave 35 people injured,” Contra Costa Times, August 19, 2000.
“Hexogen may have been used in Riga bombing,” Interfax Russian News, August 18, 2000.