Incident Summary:

09/28/2001: A group of Chechen rebels attacked the Shalinskiy District Commandant’s office and other areas of the District center in Shali, Russia, with guns, killing two policemen, wounding another, and kidnapping a third. A civilian was killed by a stray bullet as well. One of those killed was Barzayev, local police inspector. The court building was burned down during the attack as well. Reports indicated that one of the perpetrators was killed and several others wounded in a gun battle with local police. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Eastern Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Russian Government
Specific Description Shalinskiy District Court, Shalinskiy District Commandant's office, Interior Department building, Military Commissariat, Shalinskiy District administration building
Nationality of Target Russia
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Shali Police Forces
Specific Description Shalinskiy District military center in Shali
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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
Chechen Rebels (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Russia: Chechen Rebels Attack Local Administration Premises in Shali,” Interfax, September 29, 2001.