Incident Summary:

02/07/2011: On Monday evening at 1930, in Nalchik, Kabardino Balkariya, Russia, two security officials were killed by militants from the Caucasus Emirate group's United Realm of Kabarda, Balkaria and Karachay. A group of security officials, made of Federal Security Service (FSB) and Interior Ministry Officers, approached a group of three suspicious citizens in a car to perform an identity check. The group presented weapons and began to fire upon the officers. One FSB officer and one Interior Ministry officer were killed in the gunfight that ensued. The attackers then fled the scene. On 02/08/2011, the group claimed responsibility for the attack on their website.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:

Kabardino Balkariya


Location Details:
The attack took place in Nalchik, Kabardino Balkariya, Russia.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Russian Law Enforcement
Specific Description Two security officers
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms 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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Caucasus Emirate Dagestan Front of the Caucasus Emirate Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
Jane's Intelligence, "Unidentified Militants Kill Two Security Officers in Russia's Nalchik," Terrorism Watch Report, Interfax, February 8, 2011.
BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union, "Policeman, Security Officer Shot Dead in North Caucasus Region of Russia," LexisNexis Academic, BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union, February 7, 2011.
Agence France Presse, "Militants Kill Policeman in Russian Caucasus: Report," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, February 8, 2011.