Incident Summary:

09/03/2010: On Friday morning at 0640, in Khujand, Sughd, Tajikistan, two suicide bombers detonated a vehicle-borne explosive device into the regional police headquarters of the organized-crime department. Two police officers and the two bombers were killed, 25 others were wounded, and the police station was damaged. No group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan was responsible. The motive for the attack is unknown but authorities suspected the attack to be an attempt to free Islamist fighters being held on murder charges.




Central Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack occurred at a police station in Khujand, Sughd, Tajikistan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Khujand Law Enforcement
Specific Description A police station was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Tajikistan
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 25 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 25
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
National Counterterrorism Center, "Two Police Officers Killed, Twenty-six Others, Two Civilians Wounded in Suicide VBIED Attack by Suspected IMU in Khujand, Sughd, Tajikistan," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 11, 2011.
Michael Schwirtz, “Police Station Target of Bomb in Tajikistan,” LexisNexis Academic, International Herald Tribune, September 4, 2010.
Agence France Presse, “Suicide Blast Kills Two Tajik Police, Wounds 25: Official,” LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, September 3, 2010.