Incident Summary:

02/18/2011: On Friday evening at 1855, in Elbrus, Kabardino Balkariya, Russia, in one of two linked attacks, masked men from a black car and wearing camouflage uniforms boarded a passenger bus and demanded to see the passengers' documents. They were looking for Irina Patrusheva, who was thought to be the daughter of former FSB head Nikolai Patrusheva, but she was not related. When passengers asked for official identification from the masked men, the attackers opened fire, then fled the scene. The attack resulted in the death of three civilians, identified as Irina Patrusheva, Vyacheslav Kara, Denis Belkon and caused an unknown amount of property damage to the bus. Those wounded were identified as Valeriy Belokon, and Sergei Yefremov. Caucasus Emirate militants were suspected, but no group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:

Kabardino Balkariya


Location Details:
The attack occurred in Elbrus, Kabardino Balkariya, Russia.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Caucasus Emirate (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Amie Ferris-Rotman, "Russia Wants Tourism Halted at Ski Resort After Attack," Reuters, February 22, 2011,
Maria Kiselyova, "Muscovites Gunned Down in Russia's North Caucasus," Reuters, February 19, 2011,
Itar Tass News Agency, "Three Militants Killed in Operation in Kabardino-Balkaria," Itar Tass News Agency, February 22, 2011,