Incident Summary:

08/11/2011: On Thursday afternoon around 1500, in Tallinn, Estonia, Estonia, a civilian, identified as Karen Drambjan, fired shots and detonated a smoke bomb at the Defense Ministry. Later, police moved in and killed the gunman. No casualties or damages were reported in the attack and no group claimed responsibility.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack occurred near the Defence Minstry in Tallinn, Estonia, Estonia.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Estonian Defense Ministry
Specific Description The Estonian Defense Ministry
Nationality of Target Estonia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms and a smoke bomb 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 Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Reuters, "Gunman Killed after Estonian Ministry Shooting," Reuters, August 11, 2011,
Matt Clements, "Gunman Opens Fire at Estonian Defence Ministry," LexisNexis Academic, World Markets Research Centre, August 12, 2011.
Jari Tanner, "Gunman Killed after Attacking Estonian Ministry," LexisNexis Academic, Assocaited Press, August 11, 2011.