Incident Summary:

6/24/2002: Unknown perpetrators, believed to be affiliated with the Islamic insurgency in Algeria, detonated a homemade bomb targeting a vehicle carrying workers for the Somibar company in Beni Snous, Algeria. Four individuals were killed instantly and the assailants stabbed to death two others who were wounded by the blast. It is unclear if the assailants specifically targeted the workers because they were employed by a national company that specialized in mines or if the Islamic extremists were targeting Algerian civilians at random.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Beni Snous

Location Details:
Near Baghdous; 40 KM southwest of Tlemcen

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Somibar
Specific Description Sombar workers driving in Tlemcen, Algeria
Nationality of Target Algeria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Indiscriminate Algerian citizens
Specific Description Algerian civilians driving in Tlemcen
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
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Homemade bomb; knives
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 bomb detonated around 7:00 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 6 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
S. Ouled Ali, "Six People Assassinated in Beni Snous," Le Mat, June 27, 2002.
"Algeria: Six people killed in explosion of home-made bomb," ENTV Television, June 26, 2002.