Incident Summary:

08/01/2003: A truck bomb exploded after ramming through the gates of a Russian military compound in Mozdok, North Ossetia, Russia, destroying a hospital and killing 39 patients and hospital workers. Seventy-six people were injured in the explosion as well. Russian authorities suspected that Chechen rebels were behind the attack.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:

North Ossetia-Alania


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Russian Military
Specific Description A Russian military hospital in North Ossetia
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
The truck used in the attack was carrying about one ton of explosives.
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 Although Russian officials believed that Chechen rebels were responsible for the bombing, a Chechen rebel spokesmen disavowed the attack to Russian news media, saying it was not sanctioned by the rebels' political leader, Aslan Maskhadov.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Chechen Rebels (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 40 Fatalities / 76 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 40
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 76
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Peter Baker, "Truck Bomb at Russian Base Near Chechnya Kills Dozens; 76 Wounded in Explosion at Military Hospital", The Washington Post, August 1, 2003.
"Hospital bombing prompts fears of more Caucasus attacks," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, August 3, 2003.
"Hospital suicide bomb attack," Sunday Mail (Queensland), August 3, 2003.