Incident Summary:

02/14/2018: An explosive device detonated targeting a military patrol in Negrine, Tebessa, Algeria. At least five soldiers were killed and two soldiers were injured in the blast. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred south of 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 Patrol
Nationality of Target Algeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Land Mine
Weapon Details
A homemade landmine 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Two Algerian soldiers killed in bomb explosion near Tunisian border," Xinhua General News Service, February 19, 2018.
"Five soldiers killed in mine explosion in eastern Algeria," Xinhua General News Service, February 14, 2018.
"AQIM Claims Killing 5 Algerian Soldiers in Bomb Blast in Tébessa," News - SITE Intel Group, February 18, 2018.