Incident Summary:

04/27/2015: Assailants attacked Menaka town, Gao region, Mali. Seven members of the Azawad National Liberation Movement (MNLA) were killed and at least seven people were kidnapped. The whereabouts of the victims are unknown. The Self-Defense Group of Imghad Tuaregs and Allies (GATIA) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for violence against GATIA supporters. Sources also attributed the attack to Arab Movement of Azawad (MAA).




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Menaka Town
Specific Description Town
Nationality of Target Mali
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA)
Specific Description Members
Nationality of Target Mali
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 7
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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) 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. The attack may have been the result of conflict between rival groups.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Arab Movement of Azawad (MAA) No
Self-Defense Group of Imghad Tuaregs and Allies (GATIA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Armed group, allied with Mali government, attacks town," The Associated Press, April 27, 2015.
"Pro-government militia seize north Mali town after battle," Reuters Africa, April 27, 2015.