Incident Summary:

09/08/2001: An unidentified gunmen shot Abdurajim Rajimov, the cultural minister of Tajikistan, at least five times outside of his home in Dushambe, Tajikistan around 6:00am. Although no group claimed responsibility for the attack, it was thought that Rajimov was killed due to his central involvement in the planning of the upcoming independence day celebrations.




Central Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
A residence in Tajikistan

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Cultural Minister for government of Tajikistan
Specific Description Abdurajim Rajimov
Nationality of Target Tajikistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Rajimov was shot from a short distance between five and seven times as he left his home. One source says he was shot five times while the other says seven times.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Tajik cultural minister killed on way to work in capital," Associated Press, September 8, 2001.
"Tajik minister of culture killed by gunman," EFE News Service, September 8, 2001.