Incident Summary:

08/30/2016: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the front gate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China (MOFA) Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Aside from the death of the bomber, at least three other people were wounded in the blast. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Turkestan Islamic Party.




Central Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Specific Description Embassy
Nationality of Target China
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden Mitsubishi Delica van with power equivalent to 100 kilograms of TNT 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 incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Turkestan Islamic Party No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Bishkek - Three wounded in suicide blast at Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan: official," AFP (North European Service), August 30, 2016.
"Suicide bomber targets Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan," CNN, August 30, 2016.
"1ST LEAD," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, August 30, 2016.