Incident Summary:

08/25/2010: On Wednesday, in Nema, Hodh Ech Chargui, Mauritania, an unidentified militant attempted to drive a vehicle borne improvised explosive device into a military barrack, but was shot and killed before he could reach the gate. The explosives prematurely detonated damaging several buildings, but no casualties other than the suicide bomber were reported. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Hodh Ech Chargui


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Mauritanian Military
Specific Description Mauritanian military barracks
Nationality of Target Mauritania
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A vehicle borne improvised explosive device was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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