Incident Summary:

01/02/2012: At least 15 assailants attacked a military brigade in Affiniam, Ziguinchor, Senegal. One officer was killed and six injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC).




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Senegalese Gendarmerie
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Senegal
Additional Information
Hostages No
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
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority estimates are reported here. In addition, earlier reports believed that two victims were missing, but later reports show that they were found.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 15
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Rebel attack in southern Senegal kills one police officer," Agence France Presse, January 2, 2012.
"Suspected Senegal rebels attack police post," Agence France Presse, January 4, 2012.
"Suspected Senegal Rebels Attack Police Post in Casamance," AFP (World Service), January 4, 2012.