Incident Summary:

05/17/2014: Assailants opened fire on the office of the regional governor in Kidal town, Kidal region, Mali. In addition to 28 assailants, eight soldiers and eight civil servants, were killed, 91 others, including 62 assailants were wounded, and 32 civil servants were abducted in the attack. Four civil servants were released the same day and the remaining 28 were released on May 19, 2014. The Azawad National Liberation Movement (MNLA) claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that the attack was carried out in response to the government's lack of commitment to the peace talks.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Kidal
Specific Description Office of Governor
Nationality of Target Mali
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 32
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
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 Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Azawad National Liberation Movement (MNLA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 44 Fatalities / 91 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 44
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 28
Total Number of Injured 91
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 62
"Malian Hostage Of Battle For Kidal Tells Of 'Carnage'," AFP (World Service), May 22, 2014."
"Mali Rebels Attack and Seize Hostages," New York Times, May 19, 2014."
"Tuareg rebels 'free Mali hostages'," BBC, May 19, 2014."