Incident Summary:

03/31/2004: Islamic militants clashed in a gun battle with police in Yalangach, a suburb of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The incident left twenty perpetrators and three Uzbek police dead as well as five police wounded. The perpetrators reportedly blew themselves up with suicide belts, which ended the incident.




Central Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Uzbek Security Forces
Specific Description Uzbek security forces in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Nationality of Target Uzbekistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unspecified guns and suicide belts were 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 The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan was reported as the dominant threat in the country during this incident.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 20
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 23 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 23
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 20
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Police, militants killed during Tashkent shootout,” The Globe and Mail, March 31, 2004.
Bert Herman, “Blasts precede gunfight: 23 killed. Islamist movement was reported to have been routed,” The Gazette, March 31, 2004.
Julius Strauss,” Fears of civil war rise in Uzbek capital as suicide bombers renew attacks: Islamist Terrorists Blamed; 42 People Die in Three Days of Violence,” Ottawa Citizen, March 31, 2004.