In the seventy-first edition of Al-Naba, the Islamic State’s English-language newsletter, published on 9 March 2017, the organisation claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing outside the police station in Constantine, Algeria, on 26 February. Al-Naba published a picture of the attacker and named him as Izzadeen Balqamri.
In the article, entitled, “Al-Naba Publishes Exclusive Information about the Martyrdom Attack in Constantine”, Al-Naba says that a “special source” informed them of Belgoumri’s name and place of birth (Bordj Bou Arreridj, in northern Algeria). The suicide operation was carried out on Sunday, 29 Jumada al-Awwal 1438, Al-Naba writes, and “resulted in the death and injury of several members of the apostate center”.
““The source revealed that the martyr was 35-years-old and had started his jihad in the mountains of Algeria nearly a decade ago”, Al-Naba reported. Balqamri is reported to have become an Islamist in university, originally joining the Muslim Brotherhood. Balamri then moved on to al-Qaeda and finally the Islamic State’s Wilayat al-Jazair (formerly Jund al-Khilafa), giving his bay’at (pledge of allegiance) to the caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.