Incident Summary:

07/30/2004: Two people, including a suicide bomber, were killed and one person was injured as a suicide bomber set-off an explosion at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), the Islamic Jihad Group (IJG), and Hizb al-Tahrir al-Islami (HT) each claimed responsibility. Officials suspected that the IJG was responsible for the attacks. The Israeli Embassy and the Uzbekistan Prosecutor General’s Office in Tashkent were also attacked in related incidents.




Central Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity U.S. Department of State
Specific Description U.S. Embassy in Tashkent
Nationality of Target United States
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/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hizb al-Tahrir al-Islami (HT) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Islamic Jihad Group (IJG) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Who is responsible for Tashkent blasts?” The Nation, July 31, 2004.
Muhammad Ismail, “Uzbekistan on alert as toll from suicide attacks rises,” Agence France Presse, July 31, 2004.
Burt Herman, “Suicide bombers target U.S., Israel Embassies; two Uzbeks killed,” The Associated Press, July 30, 2004.