Incident Summary:

07/02/2007: Three policemen were attacked by militants with a home-made petrol bomb in Western Sahara. The officers were burned in the incident in Western Sahara which has been occupied by Morocco since 1975. No claim of responsibility was reported.



Western Sahara

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Laayoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra

Near El Aaiun

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Laayoune neighborhood of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Laayoune Police Forces
Specific Description Three Laayoune policemen
Nationality of Target Morocco
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
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 reason why the psychological damage is listed as moderate is because this event may lead to strain or a break down in negotiations that the Moroccan government is going through with the Polisario Front.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Attacks on Moroccan police in Western Sahara blow to negotiations - paper, Casablanca Assabah, July 3, 2007.
"John Thorne, "3 police officers treated for burns after attack in Western Sahara," Associated Press Worldstream, July 2, 2007."