News Focus: Algiers terror attack

Executive Summary on the report of the Independent Panel on Accountability - October 2008

Report of the Independent Panel on Safety and Security of UN Personnel and Premises Worldwide

Key Resources
A strike 'against individuals serving humanity's highest ideals' -Ban Ki-moon

The Attack: On 11 December, a car bomb devastates UN offices in Algiers, killing 17 UN staffers and numerous innocent Algerians and injuring many others. The damaged buildings housed staff from several UN agencies and other UN offices.

The Victims: UN mourns its fallen colleagues, voices deep sympathy to the people and the Government of Algeria, and the families of all victims.

The Target: The targeted buildings were home to offices of several humanitarian and development agencies, as well as the Department of Safety and Security and the UN Information Centre.

  • UN Development Programme (UNDP)
  • World Food Programme (WFP )
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • UN Population Fund (UNFPA )
  • UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
  • The offices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), located across the street, also sustained damaged
In Algiers, tragic echoes of the 2003 Baghdad attack

On 19 August 2003, a brutal terrorist attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad killed 22 people, including UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.

Find out more about UN efforts to combat terrorism


Ban immediately dispatches UN officials to Algiers, visits site of attack a week later.
» View photo story of the visit.

Security Council

Security Council condemns attack “in strongest possible terms,” reiterates determination to combat all forms of terrorism.

General Assembly

Assembly pays tribute to victims. President voices outrage, stresses need to implement Global Counter- Terrorism Strategy adopted by the Assembly.