Incident Summary:

1/21/2008: Members of Movement of Niger People for Justice (MNJ)attacked the town of Tanout, in Tanout department, Niger. The assailants raided the town in the evening, killing three people, injuring five, and abducting seven; one of the abductees was the prefect or local senior government official. The assailants stated that they were retaliating against the prefect; they stated that the prefect was getting local official to report on residents who were supporting the MNJ. The outcome of the abduction is unknown.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Tanout Department


Location Details:
In Tanout, 150 kilometers from Zinder, in the southeast of the country and southen edge of the Agadez region

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Niger prefect
Specific Description A prefect or senior official in Tanout
Nationality of Target Niger
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the vicinity of Tanout
Nationality of Target Niger
Target Type: Telecommunication
Name of Entity Telecommunication
Specific Description Telecommunication installations in Tanout
Nationality of Target Niger
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 7
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
"Heavy machine guns"
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Movement of Niger People for Justice (MNJ) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Abdoulaye Massalatchi, " Niger rebels attack town, abduct senior officials," Reuters, January 22, 2008.
"Niger: Rebels raid town in south east," IRIN, January 22, 2008.