Incident Summary:

11/27/2003: Saudi prince, Talal bin Abd-al- Aziz Al-Rashid, was killed by Islamic extremists while hunting in the Algerian desert in the Djelfa Province. The attackers also killed eight others and injured several more in the attack. Three Saudis and four Algerians were taken hostage and later rescued unharmed about 40 kilometers away in an Algerian security forces operation. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Algiers

Location Details:
The attack took place 250 kilometers south of Algiers.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Saudi Royal Family
Specific Description Talal bin Abd-al- Aziz Al-Rashid, a Saudi prince
Nationality of Target Saudi Arabia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians traveling with Prince Talal bin Abd-al- Aziz Al-Rashid
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 7
US Hostages 0
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 Local media sources stated that the attack was probably carried out by members of the largest Islamic extremist movement in Algeria, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), which had proclaimed its allegiance to Al-Qaida in September 2003.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 9 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 9
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
“Saudi Prince Killed in Al-Qaeda Ambuscade: Algerian Press,” Agence France Presse, November 29, 2003.
“Algeria: Saudi Diplomatic Source Says No Hostages Taken in Attack on Prince,” Liberte, November 30, 2003.