Incident Summary:

08/21/2010: On Saturday, in the village of Shauri, Tsuntinsky, Dagestan, Russia, unidentified assailants kidnapped and later stabbed to death Lieutenant Colonel Ruslan Zheludkin, a Federal Security Service border guard, his driver and a civilian. Zheludkin and the civilian were also beheaded. The driver was found dead with stab wounds on 08/22/2010, while the other two bodies were found on 08/23/2010 in a forest near the village. No group claimed responsibility, although NVF militants were thought to be responsible.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack occurred in the village of Shauri in Tsuntinsky, Dagestan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Russian Federal Security Service
Specific Description A Federal Security Service border guard
Nationality of Target Russia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians were targeted.
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Knives 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
Russia-Eurasia Terror Watch, "FSB Lt. Colonel, Driver, and Civilian Beheaded," Russia-Eurasia Terror Watch, August 23, 2010,
Russia & CIS Military Newswire, "Missing Border Guard, Local Resident Found Dead in Dagestan," LexisNexis Academic, Russia & CIS Military Newswire, August 23, 2010.