Incident Summary:

12/27/2002: At least 57 people were killed and 121 were injured when three suicide bombers blew up their trucks in front of a pro-Russian government headquarters in Grozny, Chechnya. Authorities immediately suspected Chechen rebels were behind the blasts. The rebels claimed responsibility for the attack on their website a few hours after the attack. It was believed the truck drivers were able to get through the tight security because they were dressed as Russian servicemen. The trucks blew up within minutes of each other and were carrying half a ton of TNT.




Eastern Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Russian Government
Specific Description Pro-Russian government headquarters in Chechnya
Nationality of Target Russia
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
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Chechen Rebels Black Widows Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 57 Fatalities / 121 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 57
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 121
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Chechen rebel warns of more attacks: Suicide bomb death toll rises to 57,” Ottawa Citizen, December 29, 2002.
Musa Sadulayev “Suicide bombers in Chechnya disguised selves as servicemen,” The Star-Ledger, December 29, 2002.
“55 die in suicide bombing,” Sunday Mail, December 29, 2002.