Incident Summary:

11/12/2011: A suspected Islamist suicide bomber identified as Kariyev committed multiple shootings before self-detonating in Taraz city, Jambyl province, Kazakhstan. Kariyev, equipped with a suicide vest, shot two security officers that were following him in the morning. Shortly after that, the assailant entered a weapons store, stole two Saiga rifles, killing the owner and a customer. He fled in a stolen vehicle, killing two more police officers. Reports indicate that Kariyev returned to his home and picked up a grenade launcher, which he used to target the local office of the Committee for National Security. At this point, the assailant was apprehended; he self-detonated, killing himself and the officer who had arrested him. Authorities have not determined if Kariyev had accomplices and specific motive is unknown; however, Kazakhstan has experienced a spike in religious extremism in the past several months.




Central Asia

region/u.s. state:

Jambyl Province


Location Details:
The southern city of Taraz

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 Kazakhstan security agency
Specific Description The local office of the Committee for National Security
Nationality of Target Kazakhstan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Police
Specific Description Police and security officers in the vicinity of the assailant
Nationality of Target Kazakhstan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the vicinity of the assailant in a weapons store
Nationality of Target Kazakhstan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Saiga rifles and a suicide vest
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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
Muslim extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
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
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"Kazakhstan on alert after unprecedented attacks," Agence France Presse, November 13, 2011."
"Peter Leonard, "Islamist kills 7 people, including 5 police, in rampage in Kazakhstan, blows himself up," Associated Press, November 12, 2011."