Incident Summary:

11/9/2000: An improvised explosive device (IED) placed on a bicycle exploded outside of the domestic air terminal at Wattay airport, Vientiane, Laos. Five people were injured from the explosion; one of the injured died several days later in hospital. The attack occurred as foreign ministers were arriving in the city for diplomatic meetings. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack and sources provide several different possible motives.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Vientiane

Location Details:
The domestic air terminal at Wattay airport just outside of Vientiane

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Laos airport
Specific Description Wattay international airport
Nationality of Target Laos
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the vicinity of the domestic terminal
Nationality of Target Laos
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A homemade device containing metal shards that had been placed on a bicycle
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 Sources provide different numbers of injured victims, but the most recent article puts the death toll at one and the injured at four.
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 / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Steve Kirby, "Mystery Laos bombing campaign claims first life," Agence France-Presse, November 14, 2000.
"Bomb blast at Vientiane airport," Agence France-Presse, November 9, 2000.
"Airport bomb explosion in Laos injures at least three," Associated Press, November 9, 2000.