Incident Summary:

05/12/2003: Three suicide bombers, one of them a woman, drove a truck packed with explosives into a local government building that housed local police and a branch of the Russian Security Service in Znamenskoye, Chechnya. The suicide bomb attack left at least 59 people dead and 197 injured. Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev later claimed responsibility for the incident.




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 Security Forces
Specific Description A federal building that housed local police and a branch of the Russian security service in Znamenskoye, 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
Weapon Details
A truck loaded with one ton of explosives was used in this incident.
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
Additional Information Separatist rebels vowed to step up attacks to disrupt the results of the March 23, 2003 referendum that sealed Chechnya's place in the Russian Federation.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Chechen Rebels Black Widows, Commander Shamil Basayev Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 59 Fatalities / 197 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 59
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 197
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Aslan Karpov, "Suicide attack in Chechnya kills over 40," Agence France Presse, May 12, 2003.
"Chechen leader says new attempt was made on his life," AFX, May 20, 2003.
"Fresh attacks in Chechnya; bombing toll rises to 54," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, May 13, 2003.