Incident Summary:

10/9/2002: A car exploded as it drove past a school in downtown Sofia, Sofia-Capital, Bulgaria. The driver of the car, Hristomira Atanasova, was killed in the explosion; no one else was injured. The specific motive behind the bombing is unknown




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:

Sofia City


Location Details:
Near the Interior Ministry building in downtown Sofia

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilian
Specific Description Hristomira Atanasova, a civilian driving her car in Sofia
Nationality of Target Bulgaria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
A "makeshift" bomb in a car
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 It's possible the bombing was a score-settling.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
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
"Car bomb kills woman in downtown Sofia," Associated Press Newswires, October 9. 2002
"Woman killed by car-bomb explosion as she drives past school in Sofia," The Independent, October 10, 2002
"One killed in a car bomb blast in Sofia," Agence France-Presse, October 9, 2002