Incident Summary:

06/01/2008: On Sunday, in Aracinovo, Aracinovo, Macedonia, armed assailants fired upon a police patrol at an election polling station, killing one police officer, wounding two others, and damaging their vehicle. In Cair, Macedonia, an assailant assaulted a police officer at an election polling station, wounding him and stealing his firearm. In Cair, Macedonia, armed assailants fired upon an election polling station, wounding one bodyguard and five civilians and damaging the building. Throughout Macedonia, assailants set fire to 45 ballot boxes at election polling stations, damaging them but causing no casualties. In Bukovic, assailants stole ballot boxes from two election polling stations, damaging them. No group claimed responsibility.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack occurred at an election polling station in Aracinovo, Macedonia.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity
Specific Description Police and civilians outside election polling station in Aracinovo, Aracinovo, Macedonia
Nationality of Target Macedonia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
National Counterterrorism Center,"One Police Officer Killed, Three Others, One Bodyguard, Five Civilians Wounded in Armed Attack and Assault in Aracinovo, Aracinovo, Macedonia and Cair, Macedonia," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 22, 2010
BBC Monitoring Europe,"Macedonian Police Confirm One Killed, Eight Injured in Skopje Area Incidents," LexisNexis Academic, BBC Monitoring Europe, June 01, 2008.
Agence France Presse / AFP (France),"One Dead in Macedonia Election Day Shooting: Police," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse / AFP (France), June 01, 2008