Incident Summary:

9/26/2000: Sali Berisha, the former president of Albania and the leader of the opposition, avoided a grenade attack during a campaign rally in Fieri in southern Albania. Police arrested a man as he was in the process of pulling a grenade from his pocket. The assailant, identified as Enver Kapaj, is believed to be a member of the secret police or a member of the Democratic Party. The thwarted attack occurred less than a week before municipal elections.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
A campaign rally in Fieri in southern Albania

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Albanian opposition party
Specific Description Sali Berisha, the former president of Albania and the leader of the opposition
Nationality of Target Albania
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in attendance at a campaign rally
Nationality of Target Albania
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Grenade
Weapon Details
A hand grenade
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) State Actors
Additional Information The interior ministry claims that the assailant is a member of the Democratic Party while the Party claims that he is a member of the secret police.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
"Former Albanian president attacked," Agence France-Presse, September 26, 2000.
"Albanian police foil attack on ex-leader Berisha," Reuters, September 26, 2000.
"Man with grenade arrested during Democrats' rally," Tirana, September 26, 2000.