Incident Summary:

08/12/2002: Two houses belonging to two Macedonian families in the village of Aracinovo, area of Skopje, Macedonia, burned down. The “Army of the Republic of Ilirida (ARI)", an Albanian terrorist group in the Skopje area, is suspected of having started the fire. There were no casualties reported.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Stojanovski and Stankovski families
Nationality of Target Macedonia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information The Army of the Republic of Ilirida is an Albanian terrorist group in the Skopje area made up of about 20 people. It is said to focus its activity primarily on ethnically mixed areas.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Army of the Republic of Ilirida 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
“Macedonian Police think new Albanian armed group torched Aracinovo houses,” BBC Monitoring International Reports, August 15, 2002.
“Homes of two Macedonians set on fire in Aracinovo,” BBC Monitoring International Reports, August 12, 2002.