Incident Summary:

07/05/2011: On Tuesday, near the town of Bessiknou, Hodh Ech Chargui, Mauritania, four soldiers were wounded when unidentified militants attacked a Mauritanian military base with armored militant vehicles and unknown firearms. It is unknown if the attack caused any property damage. The militant group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the attack to Nouakchott Information Agency through a spokesman.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Hodh Ech Chargui


Location Details:
The incident occurred near the town of Bessiknou.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Mauritanian Military
Specific Description A Mauritanian military base was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Mauritania
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Jane’s Intelligence, “Suspected AQIM Militants Attack Military Base in Mauritania's Hodh Ech Chargui,” Terrorism Watch Report, Agence France Presse, July 6, 2011.
"Xinhua News Agency, "AQMI Attacks Mauritanian Military Base," Xinhua News Agency, July 6, 2011,"