Incident Summary:

04/18/2018: An assailant stabbed students and set School Number One on fire in Sterlitamak, Bashkortostan, Russia. In addition to the assailant, four people, including students and a teacher, were wounded in the attack. An unaffiliated individual, identified as Artyom Tagirov, claimed responsibility for the incident.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity School Number One
Specific Description High School
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
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Fire and a knife were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included a teacher, Ekaterina Pershina. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"'Ready to slaughter people': Russian school attacker was inspired by Columbine shootings,", April 18, 2018.
"Knife rampage at school - several hurt in attack as children throw themselves from windows," Express Online, April 18, 2018.
"Four Injured As Result of Knife Attack, Arson in School in Russia's City," Sputnik, April 18, 2018.