Incident Summary:

8/14/2007: Suspected members from Al-Qa ida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQLIM) planted a bomb inside the vehicle of Mustapha Kertali, a former leader of the Islamic Salvation Army (FIS) who had left the organization and advocated the Algerian government's pro-amnesty position. The bomb detonated when Kertali was in his car near his home in Larbaa, Algeria. Kertali was wounded by the blast and his car was damaged.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity A 'repentant' Algerian Islamist who advocated for the end of violence
Specific Description Mustapha Kertali
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/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
Car bomb
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 One month before the incident, AQLIM stated that it was preparing a campaign against infidels. However, after the attack, AQLIM leadership denied any involvement.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"UPDATE 2-Former Algerian rebel leader wounded by bomb," Reuters, August 14, 2007."
"Mounir Boudjema, "Isolated Terrorist!," Algiers Liberte, August 23, 2007."