Incident Summary:

07/16/2009: On Thursday night at about 2300, in Tirana, Tirane, Albania, an improvised explosive device attached underneath a car with Tirana registration plates, exploded in front of the Albanian Parliament, damaging two nearby buildings and the car but causing no causalities. No motive for the attack was reported and no group has claimed responsibility.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in Tirana.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Albania Government Parliament
Specific Description A parliament building
Nationality of Target Albania
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
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device was 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 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
National Counterterrorism Center, "Two Buildings, One Vehicle Damaged in IED Attack in Tirana, Tirane, Albania," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 12, 2010.
BBC Monitoring Europe, "Car Explodes Near Albanian Parliament- Bosnian Serb News Agency," LexisNexis Academic, BBC Monitoring Europe, July 16, 2009.