Incident Summary:

01/07/2009: On Wednesday, near the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains in Kidal, Mali, assailants kidnapped the head of Energy of Mali (EDM) Kidal and an EDM accountant, two civilians and one child and stole the vehicle they were using. The two civilians and the child were immediately released. On January 12, 2009, the remaining victims were released by their captors. No group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed that Tuaregs were responsible.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at Adrar des Ifoghas Mountains

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description Specific target unknown.
Nationality of Target Mali
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 5
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 5
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
It is unknown if weapons were used in the attack.
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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
23 May Democratic Alliance (Algeria) (suspected) Tuareg rebels No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Agence France Presse, "Tuareg Rebels Release Two Hostages in Mali," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, January 12, 2009.
National Counterterrorism Center, "Two Government Employees, Two Civilians, One Child Kidnapped by Suspected Tuaregs in Kidal, Mali," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, December 2, 2009.