Incident Summary:

3/28/1998: Unknown perpetrators, believed to be affiliated with the Islamic insurgency in Algeria, detonated a bomb targeting Algerian security forces on a search operation in Kness, Algeria. Five people were killed by the blast and several others were wounded.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Kness

Location Details:
500 meters from town hall

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Algerian security forces
Specific Description Algerian security forces on a search operation in Tébessa
Nationality of Target Algeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Roadside bomb
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 Coded as doubt terrorism proper because it is unknown if the assailants targeted Algerian security forces specifically to prevent their capture or if the incident was part of a calculated operation against the Algerian military.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Algerian Islamic Extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Five Algerians Killed in Bomb Attack in Kniss," Agence France Presse, March 31, 1998.