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
Ransom 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
Associated Press, "Austria Arrests Seven Suspects in Killing of Chechen," Yahoo News, January 28, 2009.
States News Services, "Austria: Bring Killers of Chechen Exile to Justice," LexisNexis Academic, Amnesty International USA, January 15, 2009.
Russian News and Information Agency, "Austrian Police Arrest Six Over Murder of Chechen," LexisNexis Academic, Russian News and Information Agency, January 28, 2009.