Incident Summary:

01/13/2009: On Tuesday, on Vienna Street, Vienna, Austria, unknown gunmen shot and killed Umar Israilov, a Chechen dissident refugee, as he left a grocery store in Vienna. According to local human rights groups, the victim was targeted because of his public opposition to the pro-Moscow, Chechen president. No damage was reported and no group has claimed responsibility for this attack.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in an unknown location in the city of Vienna.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description A Chechen man, Umar Israilov,
Nationality of Target Austria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
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?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 Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
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"States News Services, "Austria: Bring Killers of Chechen Exile to Justice," LexisNexis Academic, Amnesty International USA, January 15, 2009."
"Associated Press, "Austria Arrests Seven Suspects in Killing of Chechen," Yahoo News, January 28, 2009."