Incident Summary:

02/14/2001: Several mortar shells struck near the Iranian city of Mussian, which lies close to the Iraqi border. The Iraq-based armed opposition group, the People's Mujahideen, claimed responsibility for the attack. The group targeted state security forces and intelligence ministry installations in Mussian. Casualty information was unknown.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Musian

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iranian State Security Forces and Intelligence Ministry
Specific Description Iranian state security forces and intelligence ministry installations near Mussian
Nationality of Target Iran
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/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Militants fired a dozen 60 millimetre mortar rounds.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Attacks on military and other government installations in Tehran and towns along the border with Iraq were increasing in the months prior to the attack, with the People's Mujahideen claiming responsibility for them. This was one of two related attacks (cf. 200102140001; 200102170001).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
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
"Mortar shells strike near Iranian city," Business Recorder, February 15, 2001.