Incident Summary:

5/17/1998: Unknown perpetrators, believed to be affiliated with the Islamic insurgency in Algeria, detonated a roadside bomb targeting a vehicle driving near Saïda, Algeria. Following the blast, the assailants machine-gunned those inside the vehicle. In total, two Algerian civilians were killed, three others were wounded, and their vehicle was damaged.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Saida

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Indiscriminate Algerian citizens
Specific Description Algerian civilians driving through Saïda
Nationality of Target Algeria
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
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Roadside bomb; machine guns
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
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 2 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Two Killed, Three Injured in Islamist Bomb Attack," Associated Press, May 19, 1998.
"KUNA: Violence Leaves Seven Dead in Algeria," KUNA, May 19, 1998.