Incident Summary:

11/27/2009: On Friday evening at 2134, three train cars were derailed when an improvised explosive device detonated on the track between Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. The explosion happened near the town of Bologoye leaving 26 people dead, 100 injured and 18 unaccounted for. The bomb is said to have been equivalent to seven kg of TNT leaving a crater of 1.5 meters in diameter and 0.7 meters in depth. The train and a section of the track were damaged. Caucasus Emirate claimed responsibility.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:


Near Bologoye

Location Details:
The attack took place on railway tracks near Bologoye, Tverskaya Oblast', 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 target of the attack was a passenger train.
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Caucasus Emirate Dagestan Front of the Caucasus Emirate Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 26 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 26
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Interfax, "Source Says Nature of Damage Points to Act of Terrorism in Russian Train Crash," World News Connection, Interfax, November 27, 2009.
Xinhua News Agency, "Russian Train Derailment a Terrorist Attack: Investigators," World News Connection, Xinhua News Agency, November 28, 2009.
National Counterterrorism Center, "39 Civilians Killed, 95 Others Wounded in IED Attack by Caucasus Emirate near Bologoye, Tverskaya Oblast, Russia," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, April 15, 2010.