Incident Summary:

"06/05/2005: Eighteen soldiers were killed and 20 wounded when an army base at Lemgheity in the remote region of Tiris Zemmour in Northeast Mauritania came under attack. The base, normally hosting about 50 soldiers, was attacked by as many as 142 perpetrators. Authorities suspected one of two groups: an opposition group known as "Knights of Change," and the Algerian Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC). GSPC claimed responsibility."




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Tiris Zemmour


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Mauritanian Armed Forces
Specific Description army base at Lemgheity in Northeastern Mauritania, near the border with Mali and Algeria
Nationality of Target Mauritania
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
There are no details as to what means the attackers used.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Mali also issued reports on the attack, claiming that as many as 50 Mauritanians were killed in the assault, but a majority of sources put the number at 18.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Salafist Group for Preaching and Fighting (GSPC) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 140
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 23 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 23
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Mauritanian Soldiers 'Killed, Injured' as Armed Men Attack Military Base," Agence France Presse, June 5, 2005."
"Mauritanian Army Says 18 Killed, 20 Injured in Attack on Base," Agence France Presse, June 5, 2005."
"Algerian Salafist Group Claims Responsibility for Mauritanian Base Attack," Algerian Salafi Group for Call and Combat, June 6, 2005."