Incident Summary:

08/31/2010: On Tuesday, in Minsk, Belarus, an unidentified assailant threw two fire bombs at the Russian embassy, destroying one car while causing no casualties. Friends of Freedom claimed responsibility for the attack and six suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place at the Russian embassy in Minsk.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Russian Embassy
Specific Description The Russian embassy was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Russia
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
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
An unknown incendiary 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
Friends of Freedom Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 6
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
Amie Ferris-Rotman, "Fire Bombs Thrown at Russian Embassy in Minsk," Reuters, August 31, 2010,
Jane’s Intelligence, “Security Forces Detain Suspected Militants in Belarus's Minsk,” Terrorism Watch Report, ITAR-TASS, September 7, 2010.
Xinhua News Agency, "Russian Group Claims Responsiblity for Attack on Russian Embassy in Belarus," Xinhua News Agency, September 2, 2010,