Incident Summary:

1/24/2001: An explosion occurred at the Laotian end of the Friendship Bridge, Vientiane, Laos. Nine Thai citizens were injured in the explosion. Laotian authorities originally stated that the explosion was due to electrical failure but later conceded that it was a bomb. No group has claimed responsibility and motive is unclear.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Vientiane

Location Details:
The Laotian end of the Friendship Bridge which ends at the Lao capital Vientiane

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity A border crossing
Specific Description The Laotian side of the Friendship Bridge, between Laos and Thailand
Nationality of Target Laos
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the vicinity of the Friendship Bridge
Nationality of Target Thailand
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
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) No
Additional Information Laos claims that the bomb was planted by "bad people"
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 0 Fatalities / 9 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 9
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Blast on Laos border with Thailand injures nine," Reuters, January 24, 2001.
"Explosion injures 11 Thais at Lao border station," Agence France-Presse, January 25, 2001.
"Laos says border explosion caused by bomb," Reuters, January 25, 2001.