Incident Summary:

03/24/2001: One of three synchronized bombings occurred in the town of Mineralnye Vody in northeast Chechnya, Russia. A car bomb exploded in a farmer's market, overturning parked cars, uprooting kiosks. The blast killed 18 people and injuring 86 others. Although Chechen commanders claimed they were not to blame for the bombing, Russian authorities suspected Chechen militants perpetrated the bombing. This was the first of three related bombings in Chechnya on March 24, 2001.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:


Mineralnye Vody

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Public Market
Specific Description A farmer's market located in Mineralnye Vody
Nationality of Target Russia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians at a market in Mineralnye Vody
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/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
The explosives were left in Russian-built Zhiguli cars and packed with ball bearings, bolts and nuts.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Chechen Rebels (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 18 Fatalities / 86 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 18
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 86
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Dave Montgomery,"Blast Kill At Least Twenty-One in Russia; Chechen Terrorists Suspected in Killings in Three Communities," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 25, 2001.
Anna Badkhen, "Twenty-one Dead in Russia Car Bombings; Chechens Blamed," The Boston Globe, March 25, 2001.
Olivia Ward, "Car Bombs Kill Twenty-One in Southern Russia," The Toronto Star, March 25, 2001.