Incident Summary:

04/03/2017: An explosive device disguised in a fire extinguisher was discovered and defused at Ploshchad Vosstaniya subway station in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This was one of two coordinated attacks at subway stations in Saint Petersburg on the same day. The Imam Shamil Battalion claimed responsibility and stated that the incidents were carried out in retaliation for Russia's violent actions in Muslim countries. In addition, sources attributed the attack to Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad (KTJ).




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:

Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg

Location Details:
The incident occurred at Ploshchad Vosstaniya Station.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Ploshchad Vosstaniya Station
Specific Description Subway Station
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
An explosive device containing two blocks of TNT and ball bearings and disguised as a fire extinguisher was 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Imam Shamil Battalion Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad (KTJ) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"St. Petersburg Bomber Is Identified, Kyrgyzstan Says," New York Times, April 4, 2017.
"Group with alleged al-Qaeda ties claims St. Petersburg metro bombing," Deutsche Welle, April 25, 2017.
"St Petersburg suicide blast suspect named," Irish Independent, April 5, 2017.