Incident Summary:

02/22/2012: A roadside bomb detonated near Sukhumi city in Abkhazia territory, Georgia. The blast targeted Alexander Ankvab's convoy; Ankvab was the president of Abkhazia. Assailants also opened fire following the explosion. Ankvab was unharmed in the attack; however, one of his guards was killed and at least two more were injured. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Central Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Sukhumi

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Abkhazia
Specific Description Convoy of President: Alexander Ankvab
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Explosives Land Mine
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Rocket-propelled grenades and a roadside mine 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
Additional Information There were conflicting casualty reports.
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 / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Georgia: Former Minister, Accused in Plot, Said to Kill Himself," The New York Times, April 18, 2012.
"President of Abkhazia Survives Assassination Attempt," The New York Times, February 23, 2012.
"Abkhazia leader survives assassination attempt," Agence France Presse, February 22, 2012.