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
"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."
"British Broadcasting Company, "Suicide Bomber Said to be Behind Blast in Russia's North Ossetia, Death Toll 11," BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union."