Incident Summary:

09/14/2011: On Wednesday, in Argun, Chechnya, Russia, security forces discovered and defused a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) that was emplaced by suspected Chechen Rebel Groups' militants of Caucasus Emirate. The VBIED was placed outside of a mosque ran by an imam who spoke publicly against religious extremism. No damages or casualties resulted from the incident and Chechen rebel groups were suspected to be responsible.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attempted attack took place outside of mosque in Argun, Chechnya, Russia.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity
Specific Description Mosque was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A vehicle borne improvised explosive device 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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Caucasus Emirate (suspected) Caucasus Front No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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, "Security Forces Defuse Viable VBIED in Russia's Chechnya," Terrorism Watch Report, Kavkaz-uzel, September 15, 2011.
BBC Monitoring Trans Caucasus Unit, "Russia: Attempted Assault on Chechen Cleric Linked to His Activities - Police," LexisNexis Academic, BBC Monitoring Trans Caucasus Unit, September 14, 2011.