Incident Summary:

2/16/2001: Gunmen attempted to assassinate Dusan Mihajlovic, the Serbian Interior Minister, as he was driving in central Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. Two cars tried to blockade Mihajlovic's car; however, Mihajlovic's driver swerved and managed to avoid the blockade. The assailants opened fire on the vehicle but did not succeed in causing any injuries.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The Chezh embassy in central Belgrade

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Serbian government
Specific Description Dusan Mihajlovic, the Serbian Interior Minister
Nationality of Target Yugoslavia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun 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 Two sources state that the incident was an assassination attempt. A third source states that the attack was a mistake. According to this source, a casino owner pulled a gun with the intention of firing it at a vehicle that was not linked to the Interior Minister. However, when the Interior Minister's guards saw the gun, they assumed it was an attack. If this version is accurate, the incident would not be terrorism-related.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Gunmen No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
"Serbian interior minister escapes assassination attempt: report," Agence France-Presse, February 16, 2001.
"Serbia's police chief shot at in failed assassination attempt," Associated Press, February 16, 2001.
Julijana Mojsilovic, "Update 3 - Gunman shoots at Serb minister's escort," Reuters, February 16, 2001.