Incident Summary:

12/04/2014: Assailants stormed and set fire to the Press House media center in Grozny city, Chechnya republic, Russia. This was one of three coordinated attacks in the city carried out by the same group. At least 28 people, including assailants and police officers, were killed, while 27 officers were injured across all of the attacks. The Caucasus Emirate claimed responsibility for the incidents, stating they were carried out in retaliation for the "oppression of Muslim women".




Eastern Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Press House
Specific Description Media Publishing Center
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Grenade launchers, machine guns, and shoulder launched missiles were used 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 attack represent an equal division of a cumulative total of killed and wounded across incidents 201412040022, and 201412040023, and 201412040024. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Caucasus Emirate Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 15
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 9 Fatalities / 9 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 9
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 9
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Chechnya clashes: Death toll rises to 24," Arab News, December 6, 2014.
"Nine Dead in Gunbattle in Chechen Capital," VOA News, December 4, 2014.
"At least 16 killed, 28 policemen wounded in Russia's Chechnya attack," Reuters UK, December 4, 2014.