Incident Summary:

02/06/2004: A bomb exploded on the Moscow Metro Railway between Avtosavodskaya and Paveletskaya Stations in central Moscow. The attack occurred during the morning rush hour, in one of Moscow's busiest metro stations. The Russian government blamed the attack on Chechen rebels, but Aslan Maskhadov, former Chechen president and current Chechen rebel leader, denied involvement.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:

Moscow (Oblast)


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Russian Civilians
Specific Description Moscow Metro Railway passengers
Nationality of Target Russia
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Moscow Metro Railway
Specific Description Second car of a train leaving Paveletskaya Station in central Moscow
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages 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 Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
The main theory of investigators was that the blast was perpetrated by suicide bombers. However, other theories, include the possibility that the bomb was set on time delay and placed in a briefcase
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 There were conflicting reports of a female suicide bomber, or a bag/suitcase bomb left on the train car. Vladimir Putin accused rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov of being behind the attack. Mr. Maskhadov denied any involvement. The explosion occurred in the second car of the train, blowing out windows and causing metal pieces of the train to be strewn in all directions. The device had an explosive power of about 4-5 kg of TNT.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Chechen Rebels (suspected) Commander Aslan Maskhadov No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 40 Fatalities / 122 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 40
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 122
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
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