Incident Summary:

05/03/2012: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near a checkpoint in Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia. This was one of two coordinated attacks on this checkpoint; this second bomb was meant to target first responders to an earlier explosion. Fourteen people, including the bomber, died in this attack, while 101 people were wounded across both attacks. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Caucasus Emirate.




Eastern Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations
Specific Description Rescue Workers
Nationality of Target Russia
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Russian Police
Specific Description Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosive device equivalent to between 50 and 100 grams of TNT was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The number of wounded (101) was divided between this attack and 201205030001. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Caucasus Emirate No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 14 Fatalities / 50 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 50
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Revision: Moscow - Russian security service says killed North Caucasus Islamic State 'emir'," AFP (North European Service), December 4, 2016.
"Russia names brother and sister as suicide bombers," Agence France Presse, May 5, 2012.
"Blasts kill 14 in Caucasus ahead of Putin Kremlin return," Agence France Presse, May 4, 2012.