Incident Summary:

11/05/2008: On Wednesday afternoon at 1415, a suspected female suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device on or near a passenger minibus, killing 12 people and injuring approximately 40 others, including many children in Vladikavkaz, Severnaya Osetiya-Alaniya, Russia. No group claimed responsibility.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:

North Ossetia


Location Details:
The incident occured near a passenger bus in Vladikavkaz, Severnaya Osetiya-Alaniya, Russia.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity
Specific Description The targets were civilians on or near a passenger minibus.
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
The explosive was a suicide bomb.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities / 40 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 40
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"British Broadcasting Company, "Suicide Bomber Said to be Behind Blast in Russia's North Ossetia, Death Toll 11," BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "12 People Killed, 40 Others, Including Children, Injured in Suicide IED Attack in Vladikavkaz, Severnaya Osetiya-Alaniya, Russia," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, November 19th, 2009."