Incident Summary:

04/06/2017: Assailants opened fire on soldiers at a National Guard of the Russian Federation checkpoint in Astrakhan city, Russia. At least two assailants were killed and three soldiers were injured in the ensuing clash. The Caucasus Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity National Guard of the Russian Federation
Specific Description Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Caucasus Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Islamic State Claims Deadly Attack In Russia's Astrakhan," Radio Free Europe, April 6, 2017.
"Four suspects killed after police slaying in south Russia," Gulf Daily News, April 6, 2017.
"One of those who shot at Russian Guard officers in Astrakhan was wounded,", April 6, 2017.