Incident Summary:

5/30/2004: Suspected members of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Fighting (GSPC) ambush a convoy of combined security forces on the road linking Theniet El-Abed to El-Nawader, Algeria. One soldiers and two security guards were killed. Eleven other members of the Algerian security forces were wounded.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Theniet El-Abed

Location Details:
Near Batna; Aures mountains

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Algerian soldiers
Specific Description Algerian soldiers on patrol in the Batna region
Nationality of Target Algeria
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Gendarmerie
Specific Description Gendarmes and security guards on patrol in the Batna region
Nationality of Target Algeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Coded as doubt terrorism proper because it is unknown if the assailants targeted Algerian security forces specifically to prevent their capture or if the incident was part of a calculated operation against the Algerian military.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Salafist Group for Preaching and Fighting (GSPC) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 11 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 11
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Three Algerian security force members killed, 11 wounded in ambush: papers," Agence France Presse, June 1, 2004.
"Algerian rebels kill three soldiers-newspaper," Reuters, June 1, 2004.