Incident Summary:

12/29/2013: A suicide bomber detonated at the train station in Volgograd city, Volgograd oblast, Russia. In addition to the bomber, at least 18 people were killed, 35 people were injured and the station was severely damaged in the blast. Vilayat Dagestan, a subgroup of Caucasus Emirate, claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that it was a warning ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi and in retaliation for the killing of Muslims around the world.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Volgograd-1 Railway Station
Specific Description Train Station
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
A suicide bomber with 10 kilograms of explosive material and shrapnel was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Caucasus Emirate Vilayat Dagestan Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 19 Fatalities / 35 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 19
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 35
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Deadly blasts hit Russian city of Volgograd ahead of Olympics," CNN, December 30, 2013.
"BBC News - 'Suicide bomber' hits Russia's Volgograd train station," BBC Online, December 29, 2013.
"Deadly bomb attack rattles Russian city," CNN, December 29, 2013.