Incident Summary:

10/25/2000: Suspected Islamic fundamentalists attacked a family celebrating the birth of a baby in their home in Bati district, on the outskirts of Madea, Algeria. After killing the baby with an axe, the assailants shot dead seven members of the family, and injured at least three more. The injured victims died in the days following the attack, bringing the death toll to ten victims. Before the assailants fled the house, they rigged two improvised explosive devices (IED's), which detonated after they left. Specific motive is unknown.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Medea

Location Details:
Bati district on the outskirts of Medea, 90 km south of Algiers

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 Civilians
Specific Description A family in their home in Bati district
Nationality of Target Algeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
The assailants were armed with axes, machine guns, and homemade bombs
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 Source vary in their description of events. While one source states that the assailants set off explosives outside of the house first, then shot family members as they fled, two sources state the assailants entered the house and killed the victims inside. Sources also vary in death toll; however, the most recent source reports that three injured victims died after the incident, explaining the difference in fatalities.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Algerian Islamic Extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Seven killed, several wounded in attack in Algeria," Agence France-Presse, October 27, 2000.
"Algerian rebels kill 13 civilians, wound 14 troops," Reuters, October 28, 2000.
"Toll from Medea massacre rises to 13 dead," Liberte, October 28, 2000.