Incident Summary:

11/13/2009: On Friday morning at about 1030, a hidden bomb at a graveyard in the settlement of Gubden, Karabudakhkentsky District, Dagestan, Russia killed schoolteacher Elena Triftoniga and her daughter Gulbariyat Magomedova. Triftoniga and her daughter were visiting the gravesite of policeman Abdulmalik Magomedov who was killed by NVF fighters. No group claimed responsibility.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attacking occurred in a graveyard in Gubden.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity
Specific Description The bomb targeted the widow and daughter of policeman Abdulmalik Magomedov who was killed by NVF fighters on10/21/2008.
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Unknown explosives 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
NVF (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
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
RETWA (Russia-Eurasia Terror Watch), “Graveyard Bomb Kills Policeman’s Wife and Child,” (November 13, 2009).
National Counterterrorism Center, "Three Civilians Killed in Bombing in Gubden, Dagestan, Russia," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, April 14, 2010.
Itar Tass News Agency, “Large Bomb Found at Dagestani Cemetery After Friday Morning Explosion,” LexisNexis Academic, Itar Tass News Agency, November 13, 2009.