Incident Summary:

08/20/2018: Suicide attackers attempted to start a fire with a vehicle containing propane tanks in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia. The tanks failed to ignite and the driver then attempted to run over police officers. Two assailants were killed and two police officers were injured in the attack. This was one of three related incidents that occurred in Chechnya on this date. The Caucasus Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Traffic Police of Russia (GIBDD)
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A vehicle containing propane tanks was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Caucasus Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Policeman wounded in Moscow attack, attacker dead; Policeman wounded in Moscow attack, attacker dead," The Canadian Press, August 23, 2018.
"Chechnya: Isis claims responsibility for coordinated attacks on police; Unconfirmed reports suggest several killed,includingfour of the five assailants," The Independent, August 21, 2018.
"Multiple attacks claimed by IS on police in Chechnya," The Nation Pakistan, August 20, 2018.