Incident Summary:

05/20/2013: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated outside of a court bailiffs' building in Makhachkala city, Republic of Dagestan republic, Russia. At least four people were killed and 44 others were injured in the explosion. This was one of two explosives-packed vehicles to detonate at the same location within a few minutes. This second explosion occurred after a crowd had gathered around the first explosion site. The Caucasus Emirate claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Russia
Specific Description Court Baliffs' Service Headquarters
Nationality of Target Russia
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/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A vehicle rigged with explosives was detonated remotely in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Caucasus Emirate Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 44 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 44
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Car bomb blast kills 8 in Dagestan," CNN, May 20, 2013.
"Dagestan blasts kill 8," Turkish Press, May 20, 2013.
"Car bombs kill eight in Dagestan,", May 20, 2013.