Incident Summary:

03/17/2008: Tuareg rebels belonging to the Movement of Niger People for Justice attacked a government outpost in Banibangou, 125 miles north of the capital Niamey of Niger, killing two security force members and kidnapping a third. An Internet statement posted by the rebels claimed that they seized a police officer, two military vehicles and "all weapons" stored at a nearby military post. Their reasoning is behind their feelings of being marginalized by the government.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Niamey Capital District

Bani Bangou

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Niger Security Forces
Specific Description A Government Post manned by Police
Nationality of Target Niger
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
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 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Tuareg rebels kill two in Niger attack: ministry,” Agence France Presse, March 18, 2008.
Mamane Dalatou, “2 killed in Tuareg attack in Niger ,” Associated Press Worldstream, March 17, 2008.