Incident Summary:

1/16/2001: Unknown perpetrators, believed to be affiliated with the Islamic insurgency in Algeria, set up a fake roadblock and intercepted multiple vehicles near Khemis Miliana, Algeria. The assailants fired into the vehicles before stabbing many of the occupants and igniting the cars on fire. In total, twelve Algerian civilians were killed in the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Aïn Defla

Near Khemis Miliana

Location Details:
130 KM west of Algiers

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Indiscriminate Algerian citizens
Specific Description Algerians driving through Khemis Miliana
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
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Victims shot; throats slit; vehicles ignited on fire
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 The incident took place around 11:00 PM.
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 12 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
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
"A dozen killed at false roadblock, five others killed in spray of bullets at cafe," Associated Press, January 17, 2001."
"Islamists kill 12 in west Algeria: witnesses," Agence France Presse, January 17, 2001."
"Algeria: Islamists murder 12 people at bogus roadblock," Agence France Presse, January 17, 2001."