Incident Summary:

01/18/2001: Twenty-three people were killed in a massacre in Chelf, Algeria. Six of those killed were abducted to a site a few kilometers away from the original site and then killed. Armed Islamic militants were believed to be responsible.

GTD ID:
200101180001

When:
2001-01-18

Country:
Algeria

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Dahra (Region)

City:
Chlef

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Algerian civilians
Specific Description Chelf citizens
Nationality of Target Algeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 6
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Unknown
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 23 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 23
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
Sources
“Twenty-Three People Reported Killed by Armed Groups in West,” British Broadcasting Corporation, January 22, 2001.
“Algeria: Death Toll in Islamic Attack Near Chelf Reaches 23,” Agence France Presse, January 19, 2001.
“Report: 23 Killed in Massacre in Algeria,” Associated Press, January 19, 2001.