Incident Summary:

10/29/2000: A powerful explosion tore through a cafe frequented by Russian troops in the town of Chiri-Yurt, 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Chechnya's capital, Grozny. The explosion killed the female owner and at least 7 Russian servicemen who were in the cafe at the time of the explosion. It was not immediately known what caused the blast, but there were reports that Chechen rebels have claimed responsibility.




Eastern Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity A café
Specific Description A café in the village of Chir-Yurt
Nationality of Target Russia
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Russian servicemen in Chechnya
Specific Description A cafe frequented by Russian troops in the town of Chiri-Yurt
Nationality of Target Russia
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 Unknown Explosive Type
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) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Russian forces moved into Chechnya in September 1999 after rebels based there attacked neighboring Dagestan and after a series of apartment bombings in Russia that killed about 300 people and were blamed on the rebels. Chechnya's rebels often chose to mount small but demoralizing attacks on Russian troops despite Russia's claim that the rebels were on the verge of military defeat.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Chechen Rebels Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Explosion in Chechen cafe kills owner,” Associated Press, October 29, 2000.
“Explosion in Chechen cafe killing owner and others,” International News, October 29, 2000.
“Blast in Chechen cafe kills 7 Russian soldiers,” CanWest Interactive, October 30, 2000.