NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QDi.168 AHMAD ZERFAOUI
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 8 April 2011
Ahmad Zerfaoui was listed on 3 May 2004 pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 16 of resolution 1526 (2004) as being associated with Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden or the Taliban for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf or in support of” the Organization of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (QDe.014).
Ahmad Zerfaoui was the leader of a subgroup of the Tarek Ibn Ziad Group, which operates in the Sahel-Sahara region and is itself a subdivision of the Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC), now listed as the Organization of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (QDe.014). He was involved in the kidnapping of foreign tourists in southeast Algeria between February and March 2003, most particularly in the kidnapping of the first group of tourists that were taken hostage in February 2003.
In this kidnapping, a total of 32 tourists were captured: 16 Germans, 10 Austrians, four Swiss, one Dutch and one Swede. The tourists were traveling in an area between the towns of Illizi, Dhjanet and Tamanrasset. On 7 April 2003, the Algerian security authorities announced that the tourists had been kidnapped by two GSPC cells and were held in or around Illizi. Saifi Ammari (QDi.152) was the person mainly responsible for the kidnappings. While in captivity, one of the hostages died due to the extreme conditions. The other 31 hostages were released in May and August 2003.
Related listed individuals and entities:
The Organization of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (QDe.014), listed on 6 October 2001
Saifi Ammari (QDi.152), listed on 4 December 2003
Kamel Djermane (QDi.167), listed on 3 May 2004
Dhou el-Aich (QDi.169), listed on 3 May 2004
Hacene Allane (QDi.170), listed on 3 May 2004
Abdelmalek Droukdel (QDi.232), listed on 27 August 2007