Incident Summary:

06/03/2017: An explosive device detonated in Bir El Ater, Tebessa, Algeria. At least two soldiers were killed and four civilians were injured in the blast. Three assailants, identified as Muslim extremists, were arrested by security forces and confessed to planting the device.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Bir El Ater

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity People’s National Army (ANP)
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target Algeria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Algeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A homemade explosive device was used in the attack.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Homemade bomb claims 2 soldiers’ lives in Algeria," The Gulf Today, June 4, 2017.
"Two Soldiers Wounded in a Terrorist Attack in Algeria," Morocco World News, June 3, 2017.
"Algeria arrests three suspected Islamists after blast,", June 5, 2017.