Incident Summary:

09/21/2011: On Wednesday morning at 0920, in Sukhumi, Abkhazia, Georgia, one person was killed and another was injured when militants detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) that had been placed inside a Mercedes car. The driver who was killed was identified as Arsen Bzhekshiyev, and was originally from Russia's North Caucasus region of Kabardino Balkariya and a veteran of the Georgia-Abkhaz civil war of the 1990s; his wife was the passenger. The attack caused an unknown amount of material damage to the Mercedes car. It was believed that the IED was made of 200 grams of TNT. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.




Central Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack occurred on a highway in Sukhumi, Abkhazia, Georgia.

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 Two civilians
Nationality of Target Georgia
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
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An 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 Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Xinhua News Agency, "One Killed, Another Injured in a Car Bomb Attack in Abkhazia," Xinhua News Agency, September 21, 2011,
Itar Tass News Agency, "Car Blast Reported in Abkhazian Capital Sukhum," Itar Tass News Agency, September 21, 2011,
Agence France Presse, "Blast Kills Businessman in Rebel Abkhazia," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, September 21, 2011.