Incident Summary:

01/29/2006: A newspaper in Kyrgyzstan, the Vetchernyi Bichkek, was the target of a foiled arson attack by two men. One of the men tried to break into the office of the newspaper armed with 10 liters of petrol, but was caught by a night watchman, and the other was arrested by police. The management of the newspaper accused Ryspek Akmatbayev of responsibility for the attack, but the businessman denied involvement.




Central Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The city and province where the attack took place were not reported.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Vetchernyi Bichkek
Specific Description Vetchernyi Bichkek office
Nationality of Target Kyrgyzstan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Kyrgyzstan: Media Shaken by Threats, Watchdog,” Paris Reporters Sans Frontieres, January 31, 2006.
“Attempted Arson at Kyrgyz Opposition Paper’s Office,” AFP, January 30, 2006.
“Kyrgyz Police Detain Man for Attempted Arson Attack against Leading Newspaper,” Associated Press Worldstream, January 30, 2006.