Incident Summary:

11/29/2009: On Sunday evening, in Chelkhet Legtouta, 170 miles north of Nouakchott, Trarza, Mauritania, armed assailants fired upon a convoy, injuring one humanitarian worker and damaging one vehicle. The assailants then kidnapped four Spanish employees of the non-governmental organization Barcelona Accion Solidaria, including the wounded employee, and stole one other vehicle; one hostage escaped soon after being taken. The status of the other three hostages is unknown. No motive for the attack was reported and the group Al-Qaida Organization in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the village of Chelkhet Legtouta.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity Barcelona Accion Solidaria
Specific Description The convoy of a non-governmental organization
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms 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
Additional Information Four non-governmental organization workers were taken hostage and one of the workers was able to escape soon after being taken hostage.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Agence France Presse, "Madrid Says Al-Qaeda Likely Behind Mauritania Kidnappings," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, November 30, 2009."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "One NGO Employee Wounded, Three Others Kidnapped in Armed Attack by AQIM near Nouakchott, Trarza, Mauritania," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, April 29, 2010."