Incident Summary:

01/28/2015: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) camp near Tabonkort town, Gao region, Mali. At least two additional suicide bombers and other assailants opened fire following the blast. At least 15 people, including three assailants, were killed in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Self-Defense Group of Imghad Tuaregs and Allies (GATIA).




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA)
Specific Description Camp
Nationality of Target Mali
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Intra/Inter-group Conflict
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the attack may have been the result of fighting between the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and the Self-Defense Group of Imghad Tuaregs and Allies (GATIA). Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Self-Defense Group of Imghad Tuaregs and Allies (GATIA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 15 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 15
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Dozen killed in double suicide attack against Mali rebels: security sources," Agence France Presse -- English, January 28, 2015.
"Suicide attack against Mali Tuaregs," BBC, January 28, 2015.
"Car Bomb Attack in Tabankort Provokes Fighting, Killing Several Malians," L'Independant, January 29, 2015.