Incident Summary:

01/02/2008: In an apparent attempt of a suicide bombing, a car bomb exploded near the Naciria police station in a town east of Algiers, killing at least four officers and injuring 20 other people. The explosion caused severe damage to the police station while also damaging some nearby buildings as well. It was reported that Al Qaeda's North Africa branch claimed responsibility for the attack. The claim, however, was not confirmed with Algerian officials.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Boumerdes (Province)


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Algerian police
Specific Description
Nationality of Target Algeria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description
Nationality of Target Algeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Al-Qa'ida in Islamic North Africa emerged from an alliance between Osama bin Laden's international terrorist network and an Algerian Islamist movement known as the Salafist Group for Call and Combat. It is this group that claimed responsibility for the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Los Angeles Times, “4 policemen killed in car bombing,” January 3, 2008, home edition.
Hassane Meftahi, “Car bomb explodes near police station in Algeria, killing 4 officers,” Associated Press, January 3, 2008.
Agence France Presse, “Qaeda claims Algeria police bombing: SITE,” January 3, 2008.