Incident Summary:

09/09/2013: An assailant fired upon Dmitry Vishernyov and his wife in an unknown location in Abkhazia republic, Georgia. Vishnyov, a Russian Embassy first secretary in the republic, was killed in the assault while his wife died in the hospital on September 14, 2013. An unexploded homemade bomb was also discovered at the scene. No group claimed responsibility for the attack; however, authorities detained an individual on September 19, 2013, in connection with the assault.




Central Asia

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Specific Description First Secretary: Dmitry Vishernyov
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
A homemade explosive, consisting of a five liter fire extinguisher and shrapnel failed to detonate 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 Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
"Police Catch Killer of Russian Diplomat in Abkhazia - Investigators," Azeri-Press news agency (APA), September 19, 2013.
"Russian diplomat slain in Abkhazia," UPI, September 10, 2013.
"Police Detain Suspect in Killing of Russian Diplomat in Abkhazia," Moscow Times, September 20, 2013.