Ali Guerfi

March 30, 1961
Guellat Bou Sbaa, French Algeria

Cause of death Killed
Attack information
Date March 29/30, 1961
Location(s) Guellat Bou Sbaa, French Algeria
Killed 6
Injured 14
Weapon(s) Shotgun

Ali Guerfi (also identified as Guercif el Hadi) was an Algerian civilian employee of the French military who killed six people and wounded 14 others in Guellat Bou Sbaa, French Algeria on March 29 and March 30, 1961.

Guerfi, who was described as a simple-minded deaf-mute, worked for an artillery battery. Late in the afternoon of March 29 he took a shotgun and entered a house lodging soldiers and their families, where he killed the wife of a non-commissioned officer. Afterwards he barricaded himself in the building and shot at anyone trying to convince him to surrender, thus killing a nurse and a captain.

Soldiers were called to the scene, but when they closed in on his fortress Guerfi simply laughed at them and started firing, killing in the process three legionnaires and wounding 14 others. By midnight the high military authorities of the region arrived, including the commander of the Constantine area, general Charles Ailleret, and eventually the decision was made to use tanks to break the siege. On the morning of March 30 the tanks fired twice at Guerfi's hideout, causing parts of it to collapse. Thereupon soldiers stormed the building, and with the discovery of Guerfi's body in the rubble the 18-hour-long siege was brought to an end.[1][2]


  1. Un fou furieux tue six personnes et en blesse quatorze, Le Monde (April 1, 1961)
  2. Dominado pelos tanques um louco matara seis pessoas, O Estado de S. Paulo (April 2, 1961)
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