Incident Summary:

01/11/1998: In one of two linked incidents, member of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) threw an explosive device into a mosque, then gunned down survivors as they were fleeing. The exact number of casualties resulting from this and the related incident was unknown with estimates of civilians killed ranging betweeen 120 and 400.

GTD ID:
199801110005

When:
1998-01-11

Country:
Algeria

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Algiers (Province)

City:
Near Haouch Sahraoui

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in a mosque in Haouch Sahraoui
Nationality of Target Algeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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
Armed Islamic Group (GIA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 100
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 200 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 200
Number of U.S. Fatalities 60
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Sources
“Paris Radio Reports 2 Attacks Near Algiers on 11 Jan,” Europe No. 1 Radio, January 12, 1998.
“Interior Ministry Says Sidi Hamed Death Toll 103,” Radio Algiers, January 13, 1998.
“Further Details on Massacre at Movie Theater Near Meftah,” France-Inter Radio Network, January 12, 1998