Incident Summary:

05/8/2003: A home-made device was detonated in a currency exchange office in a shopping center in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. One person was killed in the incident, suspected to have been carried out by Uighur separatists. Kyrgyz law enforcement agencies detained an Uzbek citizen for suspected of involvement in the incident on May 9, 2003. The Kyrgyz Interior Ministry assessed that this attack was engineered by advocates of the radical religious groupHizb al-Tahrir al-Islami (HT).




Central Asia

region/u.s. state:

Osh (Oblast)


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description A currency exchange office in a shopping mall in Osh, Kyrgyzstan
Nationality of Target Kyrgyzstan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
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 detained was suspected to have relations with the group Hezb-e Tahrir. The East Turkestan Liberation Organization was also suspected.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Uighur Separatists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
"Kyrgyzstan Law enforcers detain suspected terrorist from Uzbekistan," Interfax, May 09, 2003."
"Shopping centre blast kills one in Kyrgyzstan," Agence France Presse, May 09, 2003."