Incident Summary:

01/28/2008: An unknown suicide car bomber blew himself up near a police station in Thenia, Algeria killing four people and injuring twenty others. The blast also caused large amounts of damage to other buildings but only a slight amount of damage to the police station. The bomber may have been affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Kabylie Region


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 Police station
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
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
“At least two people were killed and 23 others wounded in suicide car bomb attack in Algeria,” Qatar News Agency, January 28, 2008.
“Suicide bomber kills four in Algeria,” Agence France Presse – English, January 29, 2008.
Aomar Ouali, “Car bomb blast outside police station in Algeria kills at least 3, officials say,” The Associated Press, January 29, 2008.