Incident Summary:

08/31/2017: A suicide bomber armed with an explosives-laden belt and a firearm attacked the Directorate General for National Security in Tiaret, Algeria. In addition to the assailant, two police officers were killed and a third was injured in the attack. The Algeria Province of the Islamic State and Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) issued competing claims of responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Directorate General for National Security
Specific Description Headquarters
Nationality of Target Algeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden belt was used in the attack.
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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Al-Fath al-Mubin Brigade Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Algeria Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Islamic State claims suicide bombing at Algeria police HQ," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, August 31, 2017.
"UPDATE 1-Suicide bomb attack in Algeria kills two policeman," Reuters Africa, August 31, 2017.
"Attack on Algerian security directorate leaves 3 dead," Anadolu Ajansi, August 31, 2017.