Incident Summary:

08/19/2008: On Tuesday morning, a suicide bomber drove a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device into a line outside National Gendarmerie college in Issers, Boumerdes Province. The queue consisted mainly of new recruits and graduates waiting to apply. Forty three people were killed and forty five were injured in the attack. The attack was suspected to be carried out by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The attack took place outside National Gendarmerie college in Issers, Boumerdes Province, Algeria.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Algerian Law Enforcement
Specific Description Algerian police academy students.
Nationality of Target Algeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device was used by a suicide bomber.
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
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 44 Fatalities / 45 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 44
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 45
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Triton Reports, "A Suicide Operative outside National Gendarmerie College in Issers, Boumerdes Province", Triton Reports, November 11, 2008."
"Craig Whitlock, The Washington Post, "Suicide Car Bomber Kills 43 in Algeria; Attacker Plows Into Crowd of Young Applicants Lined Up Outside Police Academy", LexisNexis Academic, The Washington Post, August 20, 2008."
"Alfred de Montesquiou, Associated Press Worldstream, "Suicide Attack at Algerian Police Academy Kills 43", LexisNexis Academic, Associated Press Worldstream, August 20. 2008."