Incident Summary:

05/24/2012: An assailant threw a petrol bomb at the building of the interregional department for combating organized crime in the city of Zhlobin, Gomel region, Belarus. According to officials, the petrol bomb was meant to distract police officers so the assailant could detonate a larger explosive device; however, authorities seized the attacker before he could successfully trigger the device. There were no reported casualties. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, security officials indicated that the assailant had connections to a criminal organization that sent Afghan nationals to European nations.




Eastern Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Militsiya
Specific Description Interregional Department for Combating Organized Crime
Nationality of Target Belarus
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Dynamite/TNT
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Five kilograms of TNT and a Molotov cocktail 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
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
"Explosives, shrapnel seized from alleged Belarus would-be bomber - sources," Interfax: Russia & CIS Military Newswire, May 25, 2012.
"Explosives Confiscated During Failed Attack On Local Belarusian Police Office," Interfax, May 25, 2012.
"Terror plot with "Arab trail" foiled in Belarus," Interfax: Ukrainian General Newswire, May 25, 2012.