Incident Summary:

04/11/2011: On Monday afternoon at 1500, 13 people were killed and 161 were wounded when a radio-controlled bomb exploded at a metro station in Minsk, Belarus. The bomb was the equivalent of between five and seven kilograms of TNT and was filled with shrapnel and metal balls that measured about one centimeter in diameter. It was hidden underneath a bench on the platform of the Oktyabrsakaya metro station. The bombing left a crater in the platform with a diameter of 80 centimeters. No group claimed responsibility for the explosion. Viktor Dvorakovskiy, a 23-year-old man on the Russian most wanted terrorist list, is suspected of being involved in the bombing. Interpol announce on 05/13/2011, that the finger prints found at the scene of the 2011 subway bombing match those of the suspect from the 2008 Minsk bombing as well.

GTD ID:
201104110001

When:
2011-04-11

Country:
Belarus

Region:
Eastern Europe

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Minsk

City:
Minsk

Location Details:
The attack occurred at the underground Oktyabrsakaya metro station in Minsk, Belarus.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians were targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Belarus
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity
Specific Description An underground metro station was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Belarus
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A bomb the equivalent of between five and seven kilograms of TNT and filled with shrapnel and metal balls 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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 13 Fatalities / 161 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 161
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Xinhua News Agency, "Death Toll from Metro Bombing in Minsk Rises to 13," Xinhua News Agency, April 16, 2011, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-04/16/c_13831272.htm."
"Interfax, "Belarusian KGB Insists Minsk Subway Bomb Was Radio-Controlled (Part Two)," World News Connection, Interfax, April 12, 2011."
"Ekho Moskvy Radio, "Alleged Russian Wahhabi Suspected of Terrorist Attack in Minsk," World News Connection, Ekho Moskvy Radio, April 18, 2011."